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Cowardice Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    cowardice n : the trait of lacking courage [syn: cowardliness] [ant: courage]
Cowardice Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Cowardice \Cow"ard*ice\ (-[i^]s), n. [F. couardise, fr. couard. See Coward.] Want of courage to face danger; extreme timidity; pusillanimity; base fear of danger or hurt; lack of spirit. The cowardice of doing wrong. --Milton. Moderation was despised as cowardice. --Macaulay.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Cowardice'


Cowardice is the perceived failure to demonstrate sufficient robustness in the face of a challenge. The term describes a personality trait which is viewed as a negative characteristic and has been frowned upon (see norms) within most, if not all global cultures, while courage, typically viewed as its direct opposite, is generally rewarded and encouraged.

Cowards are usually seen to have avoided or refused to engage in a confrontation or struggle which has been deemed good or righteous by the wider culture in which they live. On a more mundane level, the label may be applied to those who are regarded as too frightened or overwhelmed to defend their rights or those of others from aggressors in their lives.

Acts of cowardice have long been punishable by military law, which defines a wide range of cowardly offenses including desertion in face of the enemy and surrendering to the enemy against orders. The punishment for such acts is typically severe, ranging from corporal punishment to the death sentence. Cowardly conduct is specifically mentioned within the United States Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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* Don't think of retiring from the world until the world will be sorry that you retire. I hate a fellow whom pride or cowardice or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl. Let him come out as I do, and bark. - Samuel Johnson

* A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart. - Pietro Aretino

* It could be that our faithlessness is a cowering cowardice born of our very smallness, a massive failure of imagination... If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn't believe the world existed. - Annie Dillard


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  • Cameron’s reshuffle: cowardice or sound tactics?
    Cameron's demotion of Michael Gove was either the mark of a 'disloyal weakling' or a canny and successful political move. The post Cameron’s reshuffle: cowardice or sound tactics? was first published on MoneyWeek . Read more on this news related to 'Cowardice'
  • The cowardice of Germany, France and Italy whose leaders have done little to bring Putin into line
    There seems little doubt that the pro-Russian separatists of East Ukraine have on their hands the blood of the 298 men, writes Simon Heffer. Read more on this news related to 'Cowardice'
  • NAJIB STRONG BECAUSE THE MALAYS ARE WEAK: PM's political cowardice has saved him due to Umno's talent vacuum
    Datuk Seri Najib Razak's eloquent silence and “play safe” strategy coupled with points earned in his handling of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17… Read more on this news related to 'Cowardice'

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