Dissension, ambition, and poltroonery were delivering France over to the foreigner.
"poltroonery, I say," he repeated, embracing the whole company in his glance.
Do you not make use of my poltroonery to hinder me from entering our house?
How should it possibly, by any stretch of poltroonery and baseness, be otherwise?
You believed rather the tales you heard of our poltroonery and impotence of body and mind.
Or, in other words, since they must be selfish, let them be so without the poltroonery of selfishness.
You believed rather the tales you heard of our poltroonery, and impotence of body and mind.
Achilles accuses Agamemnon of drunkenness, greed, and poltroonery.
It is the poltroonery of the flesh, and the trepidation of the spirit, that are his worst tormentors.
There was the acid of contempt in her voice at her brother's poltroonery.
"A coward; a nidgit; a scoundrel" [Johnson, who spells it poltron], 1520s, from Middle French poultron "rascal, coward" (16c., Modern French poltron), from Italian poltrone "lazy fellow, coward," apparently from *poltro "couch, bed" (cf. Milanese polter, Venetian poltrona "couch"), perhaps from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German polstar "pillow;" see bolster (n.)). Cf. also -oon.