Coward

Definitions

  • Conscience makes cowards of us all
    Conscience makes cowards of us all
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n coward a person who shows fear or timidity
    • n Coward English dramatist and actor and composer noted for his witty and sophisticated comedies (1899-1973)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In The Wizard of Oz the Scarecrow was looking for a brain, the Cowardly Lion was looking for courage, and the Tin Man was looking for a heart.
    • n Coward A person who lacks courage; a timid or pusillanimous person; a poltroon. "A fool is nauseous, but a coward worse."
    • Coward Belonging to a coward; proceeding from, or expressive of, base fear or timidity. "He raised the house with loud and coward cries.""Invading fears repel my coward joy."
    • Coward (Her) Borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs; -- said of a lion.
    • Coward Destitute of courage; timid; cowardly. "Fie, coward woman, and soft-hearted wretch."
    • v. t Coward To make timorous; to frighten. "That which cowardeth a man's heart."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Washington D.C. it is illegal to post a notice in public which calls another person a 'coward' for refusing to accept a challenge to duel.
    • n coward One who lacks courage to meet danger; one who shrinks from exposure to possible harm of any kind; a timid or pusillanimous person; a poltroon; a craven.
    • n coward In heraldry, an animal represented with the tail hanging down, or turned up between the legs, as a lion or other beast of prey. Also coué. Synonyms Coward, Poltroon, Craven, Dastard, Pusillanimous (person) express an ignoble quality of fear, or fear showing itself in dishonorable ways. Coward is the general word, covering the others, is most often used, and is least opprobrious. Poltroon, craven, and dastard are highly energetic words, used only in the effort to make a person's cowardice seem contemptible. The distinction between them is not clearly marked. A poltroon has somewhat more of the mean-spirited and contemptible in his character; a craven skulks away, accepts any means of escape, however dishonorable, from a dangerous position, duty, etc.; a dastard is base, and therefore despicable, in his cowardice. Dastard is the strongest of these words. A pusillanimous person is, literally, one of little courage; his cowardice is only the most conspicuous part of a general lack of force in mind and character, making him spiritless and contemptible.
    • coward Lacking courage; timid; timorous; fearful; craven: as, a coward wretch.
    • coward Of or pertaining to a coward; proceeding from or expressive of fear or timidity: as, a coward cry; coward tremors.
    • coward To make afraid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A coward was originally a boy who took care of cows.
    • n Coward kow′ard a faint-hearted person: one without courage
    • v.t Coward to intimidate
    • adjs Coward afraid of danger: timid: mean
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Quotations

  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “Conscience does make cowards of us all.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
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    “A coward is one who in a perilous emergency thinks with his legs.”
  • Queen's Mother Elizabeth
    Queen's Mother Elizabeth
    “Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
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    “Cowards can never be moral.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “The coward threatens when he is safe.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. couard, coard, coart, n., and adj., F. couard, fr. OF. coe, coue, tail, F. queue,fr. L. coda, a form of cauda, tail) + -ard,; orig., short-tailed, as an epithet of the hare, or perh., turning tail, like a scared dog. Cf. Cue Queue Caudal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. couard (It. codardo)—L. cauda, a tail.

Usage

In literature:

I will not call you a coward, for it would only be natural for you to refuse to go.
"Nat the Naturalist" by G. Manville Fenn
Ah, would you, coward!
"Patience Wins" by George Manville Fenn
I believe, sir, that he is a regular coward and sneak.
"Sail Ho!" by George Manville Fenn
Oh, you miserable coward!
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
I wouldn't have been such a coward.
"Syd Belton" by George Manville Fenn
I am a coward; but the thought came upon me, and seemed to crush me.
"To Win or to Die" by George Manville Fenn
He could not be such a coward as that.
"To The West" by George Manville Fenn
I thought it was somewhat cowardly of him, and that he would rather have stopped and fought them.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
They are as cowardly as cruel.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
You were born a coward.
"The Ape, the Idiot & Other People" by W. C. Morrow
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In poetry:

Then be not recreant, and
Do not disemble,
And when the crisis comes, like
A coward tremble.
"The Crisis" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Fool and coward! are you such?
Would you have him thus to know
That you died for utter woe
And despair o'ermuch?
"Perle Des Jardins" by Madison Julius Cawein
Let liars fear; let cowards shrink;
Let traitors turn away;
Whatever we have dared to think,
That dare we also say.
"Bravery" by James Russell Lowell
When war's awful thunder rolls,
And the heavens are flaming scrolls,
'Tis no time for coward souls;
Down with Slavery!
"A Battle-Cry" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Now every friend is turn'd a foe
In hope to get our store:
And passion makes us cowards grow,
Which made us brave before.
"You charm'd me not with that fair face" by John Henry Dryden
And some would call me coward fool:
I lay a claim to better blood,
But yet a heap of idle mud
Hath power to make me sorrowful.
"From Home" by George MacDonald

In news:

An Obviously True Point About the NYPD Coward Cop.
GOP Freshmen: (video) Reid is a coward and we're not extremist radicals.
Love, Noel: The Letters And Songs Of Noel Coward At Bay Street Theatre.
KG is a 'punk and a coward '.
Everyone considered him the Coward of the Country.
Expect Congress to take the coward 's way out by cutting most programs across the board.
Bigg is mentioned often in Coward 's diary, in part because of his enlightened views on homosexuality (remember, it was the 1950s and 1960s), which won Coward 's trust and respect.
Polymath English playwright No'l Coward 's greatest production might have been himself.
Comic Timing Timing, as any fan knows, was Coward 's best friend.
Coward 's glory days are generally considered the interwar years, and Mr Day devotes the bulk of the book to Coward 's writing from that period.
Coward Ads Don't Beat A Cowboy Image.
Your appointed governor is a coward .
Director says themes in Noel Coward 's 'Brief Encounter' remain timeless.
The show combines live action with video in a retelling of Noel Coward 's classic tale of an illicit affair.
Tuck's a 'nobody' and Adams is a ' coward '.
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In science:

X(p,q)∈τs (t λ) ψcont(p,q) cont(p, q) Being a coward, I have moved this computation to the appendix.
Quiver varieties, category O for rational Cherednik algebras, and Hecke algebras
Coward, Elliott, and Ivanescu, showed in that Cu(·) is a functor from the category of C*-algebras to a certain category of ordered semigroups denoted by Cu.
Classification of homomorphisms from $C_0(0,1]$ to a C*-algebra
In [CEI08], Coward, Elliott and Ivanescu give an alternative picture of the Cuntz semigroup where Cu(A) consists of suitable equivalence classes of countably generated Hilbert C ∗ -modules over A.
Divisibility properties for C*-algebras
The PEH evolution for double neutron-star mergers, from Coward et al.
Detection regimes of the cosmological gravitational wave background from astrophysical sources
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