cowardly

Definitions

  • Conscience makes cowards of us all
    Conscience makes cowards of us all
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cowardly lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley"
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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.
    • adv Cowardly In the manner of a coward.
    • Cowardly Proceeding from fear of danger or other consequences; befitting a coward; dastardly; base; as, cowardly malignity. "The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look danger in the face."
    • Cowardly Wanting courage; basely or weakly timid or fearful; pusillanimous; spiritless. "The cowardly rascals that ran from the battle."
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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.
    • cowardly Wanting courage to face danger, or to incur harm or pain; timid; timorous; fearful; pusillanimous.
    • cowardly Proceeding from fear of danger or harm; mean; base; befitting a coward: as, a cowardly action.
    • cowardly Synonyms Dastardly, craven, faint-hearted, chicken-hearted.
    • cowardly In the manner of a coward; dishonorably; basely.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A coward was originally a boy who took care of cows.
    • adjs Cowardly 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.”
  • Sir Max Beerbohm
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    “The Non-Conformist Conscience makes cowards of us all.”
  • William Shakespeare
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    “Conscience does make cowards of us all.”
  • Andrew Jackson
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    “The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts in the hour of danger.”
  • Jean Paul Richter
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    “A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterwards.”
  • Hosea Ballou
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    “Hatred is self-punishment. Hatred it the coward's revenge for being intimidated.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. couard (It. codardo)—L. cauda, a tail.

Usage

In literature:

May coward shame distain his name, The wretch that dares not die!
"Lyra Heroica" by Various
A coward's part, that was the part they had seen him play.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
Did you think I would do the dirty trick you are too much of a coward to try?
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
Threatening men surrounded the traitor on all sides, and anxiously scanned his pale, cowardly face.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Densuke was a coward; and for company had the corpse of the murdered Jusuke.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Only cowards' hearts fail them there; and there are no cowards among you.
"True Words for Brave Men" by Charles Kingsley
But the real reason is, I think, that he is a coward.
"Young Captain Jack" by Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
They'd say in Ascalon that he was a coward, and they'd be telling the truth.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
They wanted to consider matters first, and Callack was too big a coward to proceed alone.
"The Young Treasure Hunter" by Frank V. Webster
Yet in ordinary I was no coward.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
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In poetry:

There spoke a Spirit out of the press,
'Said:—"Have you any here
That saved a fool from drunkenness,
And a coward from his fear?
"Dinah in Heaven" by Rudyard Kipling
Then out there came the great Kaiser,
With twice ten thousand men;
But never a Thuring was coward enough
To wish himself home again.
"The Song of The Little Baltung: A.D. 395" by Charles Kingsley
A coward I—I dare not sing,
Of battlefields and blood and war;
Nor lay my finger on the string
That hymns the god of things that are.
"Like Mists That Trail" by Alexander Anderson
Let the Loyal laugh and jeer you;
Let them in derision cheer you.
Still the cowards show they fear you
By their deeds and all they say.
"The Distant Drum" by Henry Lawson
The time,--the place,--the stealing Shape,--
The coward shot,--the swift escape,--
The wife--the widow's scream,--
It is a hideous Dream!
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
Thou meanest crime,-- thou coward sin,--
Thou base, flint-hearted vice,--
Scorpion! -- to sing thy heart within
Thyself shall all suffice;
"Cruelty" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

After the war, Coward 's career went into what seemed to be an irreversible decline.
Even its "realistic" aspects feel unreal, probably for both for Coward 's wartime audience (the play premiered in 1941) or spectators today.
What a wimp and coward alleged gunman James Holmes showed himself to be by heavily arming himself and attacking unsuspecting, unarmed innocent infants, children, women and men in a peaceful family environment.
Teresa Giudice Is a " Coward ".
There were spiritual, political, and intellectual cowards .
Kids that didn't have a chance—perhaps operating under the influence of dangerously promoted pap such as "all bullies are cowards "—would stand up to their tormentors with predictable results.
Coward 's output as writer, composer, performer and filmmaker typifies a lost era of doubling on brass.
Coward 's inventiveness is nothing like today's preening self-promoters.
Coward 's plays-into-film suggest a debt to the civilization that formed him, paid back with a genuine reflection of its habits and voice.
Butch and the Cowards .
Courtney Love hates the Muppets, calls Jason Segel a ' coward .
"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford".
Jackson, surprisingly cut by Petrino in October and signed by Jacksonville a week later, called the former Atlanta Falcons coach a quitter and a coward .
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (R).
Afghan President Hamid Karzai calls the attack "cowardly".
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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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