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cowardice Syllabification: cow·ard·ice
Pronunciation: /ˈkou(ə)rdəs/

Definition of cowardice in English:


Lack of bravery.
Example sentences
  • Is it cowardice, the lack of moral backbone to tell the truth whatever the cost?
  • We have to make a definite move to cross over the boundary from cowardice to bravery.
  • He thought about ritual suicide and how it had changed from a demonstration of bravery to one of cowardice.


Middle English: from Old French couardise, from couard (see coward).

Words that rhyme with cowardice

stewardess • preface

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