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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How will this lead Ben to finally recover and redeem his own cowardice to serve justice to Cello and to his family?
It is the highest form of cowardice and obscenity to attack people who are at prayer," ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said in a statement Wednesday.
An attack on people attending Sunday services is a despicable act of cowardice, and Canada strongly condemns today's cathedral bombing in Jolo, Philippines.
He severely criticized the previous Nawaz government and the incumbent PTI government for "what he called" their cowardice policies.
To know right and refuse to do what is right is cowardice. To undermine free and fair elections by compromising electoral and security agencies is cowardice.
Condemning the unprovoked firing by Indian forces, which claimed six lives and injured 26, Iqbal said India had showed cowardice by attacking innocent civilians living along the Working Boundary.
Commendably, Chris Walsh encourages the reader to think more broadly about cowardice. What he does not do, at least systematically, is offer much of a history, as opposed to a series of historical illustrations, of larger propositions.
AN OLD soldier has sent Theresa May a white feather for cowardice over the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
She urged people to remember the bravery of the emergency services in Manchester and all those who helped, rather than the "cowardice" of the attacker.
Speaking to media after a gun salute to the martyr, Colonel Manu Sooden CO 62 RR ( DOGRA) said " This is an act of cowardice. We salute the martyr and stand by his family.
Kim Leadbeater (left) said Mrs Cox's killer Thomas Mair, 53, had committed an "act of extreme cowardice" and the 41-year-old MP's death had had a "ripple effect".
By way of explanation, "Shot for cowardice 11/9/16" has been scribbled in the "remarks" column.