Definition of cowardice in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkaʊədɪs/


[mass noun]
1Lack of bravery: my cowardice got the better of me and I crept out of the room his 11th-hour decision not to hold an election led to accusations of cowardice
More 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.
2 [count noun] rare A group of mongrels or feral dogs.
Example sentences
  • What deity draws his bow for such a cowardice of curs as run your streets?


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

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