cowardice




Cowardice is a lack of bravery. If you run away screaming when your Uncle Marvin shows up to the Halloween party in a clown mask, you will betray your cowardice — particularly if you’re not a child.

The opposite of courageousness is cowardice. For example, not standing up for someone who’s being bullied shows cowardice. The origin of the words coward and cowardice has been traced to the Latin word for “tail,” coda, showing a connection with a popular phrase that describes cowardice: “walking away with their tails between their legs.”

Definitions of cowardice
  1. noun

    the trait of lacking courage

    synonyms:
    cowardliness
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    Antonyms:

    braveness, bravery, courage, courageousness

    a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
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    cravenness

    meanspirited cowardice
    fearfulness

    the trait of being afraid
    dastardliness

    despicable cowardice
    timidity, timorousness

    fearfulness in venturing into new and unknown places or activities
    pusillanimity, pusillanimousness

    contemptible fearfulness
    gutlessness

    the trait of lacking courage and determination; fearful of loss or injury
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    spirit

    a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one’s character

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