poltroonery

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

poltroon +‎ -ery

Noun[edit]

poltroonery (countable and uncountable, plural poltrooneries)

  1. Cowardice; want of spirit; pusillanimity.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. IX, Abbot Samson
      Genius, Poet: do we know what these words mean? […] Nature’s own sacred voice heard once more athwart the dreary boundless element of hearsaying and canting, of twaddle and poltroonery, in which the bewildered Earth, nigh perishing, has lost its way.

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