poltroon

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From Middle French poltron, from Italian poltrone

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poltroon (plural poltroons)

  1. An ignoble or total coward; a dastard; a mean-spirited wretch.
    • 1842, Nicholas Michell, The Traduced: An Historical Romance‎, page 266-267
      "To gain life by means of a breach of faith and honour, were indeed to render myself the poltroon, and the villain my accusers believe me."

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poltroon (comparative more poltroon, superlative most poltroon)

  1. Cowardly.
    • 1926, T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
      Accordingly, to excuse our deliberate inactivity in the north, we had to make a show of impotence, which gave them to understand that the Arabs were too poltroon to cut the line near Maan and keep it cut.

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