poltroonery


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Related to poltroonery: cowardliness, cravenness

pol·troon

 (pŏl-tro͞on′)
n.
An utter coward.

[French poltron, from Old Italian poltrone, coward, idler, perhaps augmentative of poltro, unbroken colt (from Vulgar Latin *pulliter, from Latin pullus, young animal; see pau- in Indo-European roots) or from poltro, bed, lazy.]

pol·troon′er·y n.

poltroonery

(pɒlˈtruːnərɪ)
n
cowardice

poltroonery

cowardice; cowardly behavior. — poltroon, n. — poltroonish, adj.
See also: Cowardice
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.poltroonery - abject pusillanimity
pusillanimity, pusillanimousness - contemptible fearfulness
References in classic literature ?
Hattersley, railing against Lord Lowborough's poltroonery before a select audience, viz.
But these nasty props and plasters the doctors sell-- why, they are just badges of poltroonery.
The parties created fear and poltroonery, as values that bring short-term prosperity for the country instead of encouraging the nation to criticize and offer new alternatives for old problems.