cowardise

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Noun[edit]

cowardise (uncountable)

  1. Obsolete spelling of cowardice
    • 1594, Thomas Nash, The Vnfortunate Traveller, or The Life Of Jack Wilton[1]:
      The word, Tu mihi criminis author (alluding to his Princes commaund) thou art the occasion of my imputed cowardise.
    • 1566, William Adlington, The Golden Asse[2]:
      The next day how my master the Gardener sped, I knew not, but the gentle souldier, who was well beaten for his cowardise, lead me to his lodging without the contradiction of any man: Where hee laded me well, and garnished my body (as seemed to me) like an Asse of armes.

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman cuardise; equivalent to coward +‎ -ise.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌkuːarˈdiːs(ə)/

Noun[edit]

cowardise (uncountable)

  1. cowardice, cowardliness
  2. laziness, foolishness

Descendants[edit]

  • English: cowardice

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