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A person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things.
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- ‘But, when officers confronted Parker, he proved to be a craven coward who literally pulsed with guilt.’
- ‘By demonstrating their courage, they have shown you for the cowards you are.’
- ‘He resigns his commission and is branded a coward.’
- ‘And in the end, he himself was revealed to be a miserable coward.’
- ‘Due to my not being enraged or scared of these cowards, there was no fear, and I believe they sensed that.’
- ‘Yet I cannot believe that he is a moral coward by nature.’
- ‘In the end this aids only those who are served by public uncertainty - the cowards and the ruthless.’
- ‘They were barely able to drag themselves back to camp like the pathetic weaklings and cowards they are.’
- ‘You're one of those men who like to make cowards think you're tough and dangerous.’
- ‘What about the possibility that we somehow have raised a generation of moral cowards?’
- ‘Were one half of mankind brave and one half cowards, the brave would be always beating the cowards.’
- ‘Better to die of frostbite in that group of young guns than be branded a coward.’
- ‘‘Our power is wielded by weaklings and cowards, and our honour is false in all its points’.’
- ‘Hamlet says, this is what makes cowards of us all.’
- ‘Oh, and by the way, you're a gutless, treasonous coward.’
- ‘To try to pretend he's not what he is: a poor, stinking, whimpering coward.’
- ‘Anonymous sources generally are cowards, who often tell more than they know.’
- ‘I am nothing but a coward who is too afraid to cruise the sea.’
- ‘The great thing about academics is that they are typically spineless cowards who really do respond to sufficient pressure.’
- ‘All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites.’
1literary Excessively afraid of danger or pain.
- ‘I say it to you, coward spirit - not to anyone who abides by this code!’
- ‘We were always discussing that he is a coward man, that he will not fight for his life, that he will not fight for what he believes in.’
- ‘Aidan had lost count how many times he'd cried himself to sleep in order to escape the pain that he was too coward to relieve himself of.’
- ‘Surely everyone must have been able to hear the erratic pounding of her coward heart.’
- ‘She squared her jaw and turned, feeling foolishly coward.’
(of an animal) depicted with the tail between the hind legs.
Middle English: from Old French couard, based on Latin cauda tail possibly with reference to a frightened animal with its tail between its legs, reflected in coward (early 16th century).
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