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- Showing cowardice; lacking in courage; weakly fearful.
- 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: Printed by 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.
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821:, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.48:
- I love to follow them, but not so cowardly, as my life remaine thereby in subjection.
- 1828, John Paul, A Refutation of Arianism:
- […] men who cowardly and hypocritically subscribe orthodox creeds, whilst they teach a different kind of doctrine!
in the manner of a coward