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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kou-er-dis]
    • /ˈkaʊ ər dɪs/
    • /ˈkaʊ.əd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kou-er-dis]
    • /ˈkaʊ ər dɪs/

Definitions of cowardice word

  • uncountable noun cowardice Cowardice is cowardly behaviour. 3
  • noun cowardice lack of courage in facing danger, pain, or difficulty 3
  • noun cowardice lack of courage; esp., shamefully excessive fear of danger, difficulty, or suffering 3
  • noun cowardice lack of courage to face danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc. 1
  • noun cowardice Lack of bravery. 1
  • noun cowardice lack of courage 1

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Origin of cowardice

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English cowardise < Old French co(u)ardise, equivalent to co(u)art cowardly (see coward) + -ise -ice

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Parts of speech for Cowardice


cowardice popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

cowardice usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for cowardice

noun cowardice

  • gutless — lacking courage, fortitude, or determination.
  • pusillanimity — the state or condition of being pusillanimous; timidity; cowardliness.
  • fear — a river in SE North Carolina. 202 miles (325 km) long.
  • fearfulness — causing or apt to cause fear; frightening: a fearful apparition.
  • funk — Casimir [kaz-uh-meer] /ˈkæz əˌmɪər/ (Show IPA), 1884–1967, U.S. biochemist, born in Poland: discovered thiamine, the first vitamin isolated.

Antonyms for cowardice

noun cowardice

  • courage — Courage is the quality shown by someone who decides to do something difficult or dangerous, even though they may be afraid.

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