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.]
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It's very clear that India is not going to be baffled by all these cowardice act of Pakistan," Singh told ANI.
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There is no attempt to deal with non-Western traditions concerning cowardice in other more complex societies.
Being an ex-military man, I decided to send her a white feather for her moral cowardice and a letter explaining my disgust at her refusal to do the right thing.
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Executed for cowardice on October 18, 1918, aged 28.
But to do so in a video that showed the full face of a young British boy spouting propaganda is the lowest form of cowardice I've ever seen.
Walsh notes that Aristotle contrasts cowardice with recklessness as extreme cases.
First and foremost, of course, is the moral cowardice of the jury in condemning to death a man they knew was innocent to validate a fundamentally racist and evil society.
A LEADING Welsh Lib Dem activist has accused the party of cowardice after the peer Lord Rennard was told that he will not face disciplinary action over claims of sexual harassment.
Ombudsman Tursunbek Akun characterized the actions of the opposition members, who did not come to the meeting with government members, as cowardice.
Mr Sheerman told Parliament: "It has been the cowardice of successive prime ministers to take the independent recommendation, face it up with the public, and give the award of the independent body.