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A person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things.
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- ‘Anonymous sources generally are cowards, who often tell more than they know.’
- ‘All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites.’
- ‘By demonstrating their courage, they have shown you for the cowards you are.’
- ‘The great thing about academics is that they are typically spineless cowards who really do respond to sufficient pressure.’
- ‘In the end this aids only those who are served by public uncertainty - the cowards and the ruthless.’
- ‘Due to my not being enraged or scared of these cowards, there was no fear, and I believe they sensed that.’
- ‘And in the end, he himself was revealed to be a miserable coward.’
- ‘Yet I cannot believe that he is a moral coward by nature.’
- ‘But, when officers confronted Parker, he proved to be a craven coward who literally pulsed with guilt.’
- ‘Oh, and by the way, you're a gutless, treasonous coward.’
- ‘He resigns his commission and is branded a coward.’
- ‘Were one half of mankind brave and one half cowards, the brave would be always beating the cowards.’
- ‘You're one of those men who like to make cowards think you're tough and dangerous.’
- ‘Hamlet says, this is what makes cowards of us all.’
- ‘Better to die of frostbite in that group of young guns than be branded a coward.’
- ‘To try to pretend he's not what he is: a poor, stinking, whimpering coward.’
- ‘What about the possibility that we somehow have raised a generation of moral cowards?’
- ‘They were barely able to drag themselves back to camp like the pathetic weaklings and cowards they are.’
- ‘‘Our power is wielded by weaklings and cowards, and our honour is false in all its points’.’
- ‘I am nothing but a coward who is too afraid to cruise the sea.’
1literary Excessively afraid of danger or pain.
- ‘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.’
- ‘I say it to you, coward spirit - not to anyone who abides by this code!’
- ‘Surely everyone must have been able to hear the erratic pounding of her coward heart.’
- ‘She squared her jaw and turned, feeling foolishly coward.’
- ‘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.’
(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 (sense 2 of the adjective) (early 16th century).
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