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The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Meaning of "cowardly" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF COWARDLY

cowardly  [ˈkaʊədlɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF COWARDLY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Cowardly is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES COWARDLY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

cowardly

Cowardice

Cowardice is a trait wherein fear and excess self-concern override doing or saying what is right, good and of help to others or oneself in a time of need—it is the opposite of courage. As a label, "cowardice" indicates a failure of character in the face of a challenge. Under many military codes of justice, cowardice in combat is a crime punishable by death. As a retraction of a virtue that may be or have been required in many cultures, it is often considered to be a character flaw which may be variously stigmatized or punished.

Definition of cowardly in the English dictionary

The definition of cowardly in the dictionary is of or characteristic of a coward; lacking courage.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH COWARDLY


awkwardly
ˈɔːkwədlɪ
backwardly
ˈbækwədlɪ
dastardly
ˈdæstədlɪ
downwardly
ˈdaʊnwədlɪ
eastwardly
ˈiːstwədlɪ
forwardly
ˈfɔːwədlɪ
frowardly
ˈfrəʊədlɪ
good-naturedly
ˌɡʊdˈneɪtʃədlɪ
haphazardly
ˌhæpˈhæzədlɪ
inwardly
ˈɪnwədlɪ
northwardly
ˈnɔːθwədlɪ
outwardly
ˈaʊtwədlɪ
self-assuredly
ˌsɛlfəˈʃʊədlɪ
standardly
ˈstændədlɪ
straightforwardly
ˌstreɪtˈfɔːwədlɪ
tiredly
ˈtaɪədlɪ
towardly
ˈtəʊədlɪ
upwardly
ˈʌpwədlɪ
weirdly
ˈwɪədlɪ
wizardly
ˈwɪzədlɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE COWARDLY

cow pony
cow shark
cow tree
cow-spanker
cowage
cowal
cowan
coward
cowardice
cowardliness
cowardry
cowardship
cowbane
cowbell
cowberries
cowberry
cowbind
cowbird
cowboy
cowboy boots

WORDS THAT END LIKE COWARDLY

absurdly
bastardly
blackguardly
blizzardly
haggardly
hardly
laggardly
leewardly
niggardly
northeastwardly
northwestwardly
onwardly
seawardly
sluggardly
southwardly
southwestwardly
thirdly
untowardly
waywardly
westwardly

Synonyms and antonyms of cowardly in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «COWARDLY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «cowardly» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of cowardly

Translation of «cowardly» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF COWARDLY

Find out the translation of cowardly to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of cowardly from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «cowardly» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

胆怯的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

cobarde
570 millions of speakers

English

cowardly
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कायर
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

جَبَان
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

трусливый
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

covardemente
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অবীর
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

lâche
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pengecut
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

feige
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

臆病な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

겁 많은
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pengecut
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

hèn nhát
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கோழைத்தனமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

भ्याडपणाचा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

korkakça
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

vigliacco
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

tchórzliwy
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

полохливий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

laș
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

δειλός
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

lafhartige
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

feg
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

feig
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of cowardly

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «COWARDLY»

The term «cowardly» is quite widely used and occupies the 39.330 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «COWARDLY» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «cowardly» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «cowardly» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about cowardly

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10 QUOTES WITH «COWARDLY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word cowardly.
1
Iyad Allawi
It is our people who are sitting in the dark because of these cowardly and treacherous attacks, not our occupiers.
2
John Bercow
It's a cowardly form of politics to use my spouse to beat me.
3
Napoleon Bonaparte
The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.
4
Robert Burns
Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.
5
Louis-Ferdinand Celine
To philosophize is only another way of being afraid and leads hardly anywhere but to cowardly make-believe.
6
Oswald Chambers
When a man is at his wits' end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get in touch with Reality.
7
Charles Horton Cooley
We are ashamed to seem evasive in the presence of a straightforward man, cowardly in the presence of a brave one, gross in the eyes of a refined one, and so on. We always imagine, and in imagining share, the judgments of the other mind.
8
Martin Van Creveld
If you are strong, and you are fighting the weak for any period of time, you are going to become weak yourself. If you behave like a coward, then you are going to become cowardly - it's only a question of time.
9
Robert Crumb
Killing yourself is a major commitment, it takes a kind of courage. Most people just lead lives of cowardly desperation. It's kinda half suicide where you just dull yourself with substances.
10
Stanley Fish
In general, higher education does not know how to speak for its interests. It offers a stance that is defensive, cowardly and likely to be ineffective.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «COWARDLY»

Discover the use of cowardly in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to cowardly and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Cowardly Clyde
For a war horse, Clyde is an abysmal coward, but he finally decides that even if he isn't brave, he can at least act bravely. "One of Peet's liveliest (if not most insidious) triumphs." -- Kirkus Reviews
Bill Peet, 1984
2
Notes on a Cowardly Lion: The Biography of Bert Lahr
John Lahr’s stunning and complex biography of his father, the legendary actor and comedian Bert Lahr Part biography, part history of American show business, Notes on a Cowardly Lion is John Lahr’s masterwork: an all-encompassing ...
John Lahr, 2013
3
Cowardly Capitalism: The Myth of The Global Financial Casino
In this controversial book, Daniel Ben-Ami rejects the orthodox view put forward by proponents of "Casino Capitalism" that reckless risk taking by global finance threatens to destabilise the world economy.
Daniel Ben-Ami, 2001
4
Cowardly America: How We Became a Paper Tiger
How We Became a Paper Tiger Irving Gerber. Force and the Seventh Fleet never alerted to stand by, prepared to scramble planes if called upon? Why were their commanders unaware of his mission? Obviously, the ship was sent out ...
Irving Gerber, 2006
5
Cowardly Lions: Missed Opportunities for Preventing Deadly ...
Drawing on six detailed case studies (the Balkans, Haiti, Lebanon, Liberia, Somalia, and Zaire/Congo), I. William Zartman specifies potential solutions within the entire trajectory of each conflict, considering in each instance why the ...
I. William Zartman, 2005
6
Greedy, Cowardly, and Weak: Hollywood's Jewish Stereotypes
In an analysis of 20 films spanning a 75-year period, Henry Kellerman details the many ways in which Hollywood has created and perpetuated Jewish stereotypes since the dawn of filmmaking, depicting them as greedy, cowardly and weak.
Henry Kellerman, 2009
7
Popular Science
me sadly false if I am made to describe all agnostics as cowardly. A much slighter knowledge than I possess of Prof. Huxley's writings would have certainly prevented my applying to all agnosticism or agnostics such an epithet. What I intended ...
8
Offences and Defences: Selected Essays in the Philosophy of ...
Cowards are no more and no less than people who tend to perform cowardly actions. Their cowardly actions add up to constitute, not to evidence, their cowardice.5 Thus even if this cowardly action is my first, and is quite unprecedented, ...
John Gardner, 2007
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Ruth Plumly Thompson The Royal Book of Oz:
Dorothy was too busy worrying about the Scarecrow to have much appetite, but the Cowardly Lion swallowed seventeen roasts and a bucket of corn syrup. "To give me courage!" he explained to Dorothy, licking his chops. "There's nothing that ...
Ruth Plumly Thompson
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The Complete Concordance to Shakspeare: Being a Verbal Index ...
Cl lWAltDL Y-a cowardly knavc..M¢-rry Wires. iii. same. cowardly. giant-like. nx- hcef...ih'rl..'\'. Dr. iii. not a more cowardly rogue in all. “With”: Tole. iv. i'ellow had destroyed no cowardly. . . . l HmryIV. i. you are a shallow cowardly hind .. .. ii. and  ...
‎1845

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «COWARDLY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term cowardly is used in the context of the following news items.
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'Cowardly Bastard': Patients Blast Cancer Doc Farid Fata on Stand
Emotions overflowed in a Detroit courtroom on Tuesday as victims of a disgraced cancer doctor took the stand and begged a judge to give him ... «NBCNews.com, Jul 15»
2
Police seek witnesses to 'unprovoked and cowardly' attack on …
He sustained a bruised, swollen and lacerated left eye as a result of what police have described as an 'unprovoked and cowardly act'. «North Devon Gazette, Jul 15»
3
DAP leader: Violent act was cowardly, barbaric
KUALA LUMPUR: Johor opposition leader and state assemblyman for Skudai Boo Cheng Hau condemned the violent attack on DAP veteran ... «Free Malaysia Today, Jul 15»
4
BBC Top Of The Pops repeat branded 'cowardly' by viewers after …
A tweet from @augustine_ryan read: 'The cowardly BBC cut the “watch your backs” from Daltrey last night on TOTP. Really not keen on ... «Metro, Jul 15»
5
Cowardly robber pushes over 'vulnerable' woman struggling to walk …
A cowardly robber pushed over a vulnerable woman struggling to walk - before stealing her handbag as he left her on the pavement. «MK News, Jul 15»
6
Cowardly Canadian docs cooperate with culture of death Wesley J …
The nation's most powerful doctors' lobby — once long opposed to euthanasia in any form — is proposing its own aid-in-dying protocols that include death by ... «Lifesite, Jul 15»
7
Heather Watson vows to ignore 'cowardly' online trolls after …
Heather Watson has vowed to ignore "cowardly, horrible" online trolls who have given her death threats. The British No.1 set up a third round ... «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
8
Teen left with two black eyes and inch-long scar after 'cowardly
A teenager was left with “serious” injuries after a group of drunken youths attacked him “like a pack of animals” at a busy house party. «WalesOnline, Jul 15»
9
Cowardly Canadian Docs Cooperate with Culture of Death
In the face of the Canadian Supreme Court imposing a radical nation-wide euthanasia regime on the entire country, the Canadian Medical ... «National Right to Life News, Jul 15»
10
Cowardly leaders the most dangerous kind, says TMJ
PETALING JAYA: A dangerous leader is one who is cowardly and lacks the ... “He (Sultan Iskandar) also said that a cowardly leader is the most ... «Free Malaysia Today, Jun 15»

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