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Related to poltroonery: cowardliness, cravenness


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.




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. Doctors stick on legs and arms as if we were born cripples and sick slaves.
It is the sovereign disinfectant, and its red stream of blood is the Condy's Fluid that cleans out the stagnant pools and clotted channels of the intellect." Goss explains, "We have awakened from an opium-dream of comfort, of ease, of that miserable poltroonery of 'the sheltered life'" (313).