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- Showing cowardice; lacking in courage; weakly fearful.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:cowardly
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene vii]:
- The cowardly rascals that ran from the battle.
- 1780, Edmund Burke, speech at The Guildhall, in Bristol
- The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look danger in the face.
- (archaic) In the manner of a coward, cowardlily.
- 1828, John Paul, A Refutation of Arianism, page 20:
- […] men who cowardly and hypocritically subscribe orthodox creeds, whilst they teach a different kind of doctrine!
in the manner of a coward
- English: cowardie (obsolete)