Cowardice


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Cowardice

Acres, Bob
a swaggerer lacking in courage. [Br. Lit.: The Rivals]
Bobadill, Captain
vainglorious braggart, vaunts achievements while rationalizing faintheartedness. [Br. Lit.: Every Man in His Humour]
chicken
slang insult used toward the timid. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 322]
Conachar
pathetically lacks courage. [Br. Lit.: The Fair Maid of Perth]
Coup de Jarnac
to hit a man while he is down. [Fr. Folklore: Espy, 62]
Cowardly Lion
king of the forest has yellow streak up back. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]
Duke of Plaza-Toro
always leads the retreat and is the first to hide from the enemy. [Br. Opera: Gilbert and Sullivan The Gondoliers]
Falstaff, Sir John
“the better part of valor is discretion.” [Br. Lit.: I Henry IV]
Fleming, Henry
young recruit, in his first battle, runs away in terror. [Am. Lit.: Stephen Crane The Red Badge of Courage]
Indiana Volunteers
during Mexican war, ran when action began. [Am. Hist.: Espy, 183]
Martano
poltroon claiming credit for another’s feat. [Ital. Lit.: Orlando Furioso]
Panurge
rogue who in several adventures proves to be a great coward. [Fr. Lit.: Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel]
Panza, Sancho
always removes himself a safe distance from his master’s combats. [Span. Lit.: Cervantes Don Quixote]
Police, the
homeloving and fearful of death, reluctant to combat the pirate band. [Br. Opera: Gilbert and Sullivan The Pirates of Penzance]
Rogue’s March
played in British Army to expel dishonored soldier. [Br. Music: Scholes, 885]
Roister Doister, Ralph
foolish suitor repulsed by widow with household utensil. [Br. Lit.: Ralph Roister Doister]
Scaramouche
stock character in commedia dell’arte; boastful poltroon. [Ital. Drama: Brewer Dictionary, 967]
yellow
color symbolizing cowardice. [Western Culture: Misc.]
References in classic literature ?
It is through his bravery that you have learned the cowardice of O-Tar," replied I-Gos, "and through him you will be given a greater jeddak.
Several warriors were urging the necessity for sending at once to the chamber of O-Mai to search for the dagger that would prove, if found, the cowardice of O-Tar.
I certainly could not wed another less brave than he without harboring constantly a feeling of contempt for the relative cowardice of my husband.
He despised the nobility, and believed the mass of the nobility to be secretly in favor of serfdom, and only concealing their views from cowardice.
A soldier wrongly executed for cowardice during World War I is set to be pardoned nearly 90 years later.
SIR - Regarding the letter 'Remember all fallen' (Western Mail, July 4) by EV Blake about the battle of the Somme and those men who were shot for cowardice, perhaps we should be careful about a blanket pardon, as suggested.
The resulting chaos features the spectrum of heroism and cowardice, self-preservation and self-sacrifice.
A family's hopes of obtaining a conditional posthumous pardon for a First World War soldier shot at dawn for cowardice rose yesterday.
The Moscow patriarch still looks upon Ukraine as part of his jurisdiction despite the fact that Ukraine has been an independent state since 1989; and he still does not recognize that the forced incorporation of the Greek rite Catholics into Orthodoxy by Stalin in 1946 was a heinous crime and an act of cowardice by the then Orthodox Moscow hierarchy.
The worst is yet to come, however, for a cruel sergeant has brought Charlie up for a court martial for refusing to leave his brother behind when Thomas is injured--and at dawn, brave, merry Charlie, Thomas's guardian and best friend, is to be shot for cowardice.
For those of us too much into cowardice, birth us to the courage to stand before principalities and powers.
They simply did not have the courage to risk the charge of cowardice.