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cowardice

[kou-er-dis] /ˈkaʊ ər dɪs/
noun
1.
lack of courage to face danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English cowardise < Old French co(u)ardise, equivalent to co(u)art cowardly (see coward) + -ise -ice
Synonyms
pusillanimity, timidity.
Antonyms
bravery.
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  • It should be remembered that brutality is not manliness, but cowardice.
  • Given that cohort, presidential cowardice doesn't have ruinous effects.
  • The neighborhood has been deeply affected by that horrific act of cowardice.
  • And so did large acts of cowardice and small acts of courage, often committed by unknown soldiers.
  • To the cowardice of the politicians in power and to the bravery of the participants involved.
  • It's either puffed up pride or academic cowardice that drives one side to try to say for certain that the other is wrong.
  • Curiously, this political cowardice has pushed negotiators in opposite directions.
  • The only ones who were right were those who opposed the war from the beginning for ideological reasons, not out of cowardice.
  • My observation is that bullies act from cowardice and insecurity, in all cases.
  • It's not an easy choice to make, and presenting it that way comes off as intellectual cowardice.
British Dictionary definitions for cowardice

cowardice

/ˈkaʊədɪs/
noun
1.
lack of courage in facing danger, pain, or difficulty
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Word Origin and History for cowardice
n.

c.1300, from Old French coardise (13c.), from coard, coart (see coward) + noun suffix -ise.

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. [Ernest Hemingway, "Men at War," 1942]

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