Definition of cowardice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkaʊədɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊərdɪs//
[uncountable] Brave, Fear
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fear or lack of courage opposite bravery, courage The lieutenant had displayed cowardice in the face of the enemy. It is an act of moral cowardice for a society to neglect its poor. She was ashamed of her cowardice. See related entries: Brave, Fear Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French couardise, from couard, based on Latin cauda ‘tail’, possibly with reference to a frightened animal with its tail between its legs.
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