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Definition of "cowardice" []

  • Ignoble fear in the face of danger or pain. (noun)
  • Lack of courage in facing danger, pain, or difficulty (noun)

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Use "cowardice" in a sentence
  • "Again, here at CENTCOM, for the past few days they have been criticizing Iraqi military for what they term cowardice on the battlefield."
  • "Thou hast been spellbound by an evil eye, my darling, and the fainting which you call cowardice is the work of magic."
  • "It was then openly proposed to withdraw Sherman; and John Hickman, of Pennsylvania, who had been elected as an anti-Lecompton Democrat, but had gone over to the Republicans, took the floor to resist what he characterized as cowardice and treachery."