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Related to cowardliness: cowardice, courageousness


Exhibiting the characteristics of a coward, particularly ignoble fear: a cowardly surrender.

cow′ard·li·ness n.
cow′ard·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cowardliness - the trait of lacking courage
spirit - a fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
cravenness - meanspirited cowardice
fearfulness - the trait of being afraid
dastardliness - despicable cowardice




(ˈkauəd) noun
a person who shows fear easily or is easily frightened. I am such a coward – I hate going to the dentist.
ˈcowardly adjective
ˈcowardice (-dis) noun
ˈcowardliness noun
References in classic literature ?
He kept his love of horsemanship, but he rarely allowed himself a day's hunting; and when he did so, it was remarkable that he submitted to be laughed at for cowardliness at the fences, seeming to see Mary and the boys sitting on the five-barred gate, or showing their curly heads between hedge and ditch.
The cruel cowardliness of the power-drunk creature whose malignant mind conceived such frightful forms of torture stirred to their uttermost depths my resentment and my manhood.
It is an act of cowardliness by the enemies of Pakistan.
I have always had this conversation with my friends, that we lived a phase in our lives where we would never see a strong man hitting a weaker one or a dispute between one man against 16 others, and where attacking someone from behind was extreme cowardliness.
ISLAMABAD -- Minister for Interior Professor Ahsan Iqbal Sunday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a church in Quetta, terming the incident tragic and an act of cowardliness.
We know where the coward got his cowardliness from," adding "the truth hurts.
10) If one is fearful in the wrong circumstances, one has an excess of fear: the vice of cowardliness.
Intellectual pride is not an escape from reality; the humility that results from recognition of individuai impotence in opposing the purge is not cowardliness.
Cowardliness of people: When women are harassed in public places, the by-standers look other way rather than helping the victims.
All four of their lives snatched away cruelly and violently by their own father Alan Hawe, 41 - who then, with despicable cowardliness, took his own life - in what was surely one of the most horrific and brutal crimes ever recorded in this country.
In some cases, cowardliness, kindness, and greediness appear so integral to actors' personalities as to make one suspect that these traits are "in the genes.
On-the-field the Southampton display was a by-now familiar tale of incompetence and cowardliness from a group of half-interested players caught in the St James' Park vortex of hope.