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Coward redirects here. For other meanings including as a surname, see coward (disambiguation).

Cowardice is a vice that is conventionally viewed as the corruption of prudence, to thwart all courage or bravery. Cowardice may be considered to be prudence that does not take consequences to their furthest extent. Cowardice is a vice. ... Vice is a practice or habit that is considered immoral, depraved, and/or degrading in the associated society. ... Prudence, by Luca Giordano Allegory of Prudence, by Simon Vouet Look up Prudence, prudence in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Courage (disambiguation). ... Bravery can mean: Courage, the human condition to confront pain and fear The Bravery, a rock band from the US The Bravery (album), the bands self-titled debut album This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word "coward" comes from an Old French word coart (modern French is couard), a combination of the word for "tail" and an agent noun suffix. It would therefore have meant "one with a tail" — perhaps one in the habit of turning it, or it may be derived from the dog's habit of putting its tail between its legs when it is afraid. Another more clearly related word, in old French, that can be related to coward is "couard" which literally means coward and was frequently used by French knights in battle. It is therefore possible that the English language was enriched in such manner through military contacts with the French, or with the French-influenced Normans that invaded England in 1066. An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline for Web content. ... Old French was the Romance dialect continuum spoken in territories corresponding roughly to the northern half of modern France and parts of modern Belgium and Switzerland from around 1000 to 1300. ... In linguistics, a noun or noun substantive is a lexical category which is defined in terms of how its members combine with other grammatical kinds of expressions. ... Look up Suffix in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog (Canis lupus familiaris) is a domestic subspecies of the wolf, a mammal of the Canidae family of the order Carnivora. ... Norman conquests in red. ...

The English surname Coward (as in Noel Coward), however, has the same origin and meaning as the word "cowherd". The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A family name, or surname, is that part of a persons name that indicates to what family he or she belongs. ... Noël Peirce Coward (December 16, 1899 – March 26, 1973) was an Academy Award winning English actor, playwright, and composer of popular music. ...

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"Cowardice" is also a post rock band formed by members of Final Coil in 2008. Their only release to date was free on the internet at http://www.cowardice.altpro.net

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Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 151 languages. ... For other uses, see Fear (disambiguation). ... Anxiety is a physiological state characterized by cognitive, somatic, emotional, and behavioral components[1]. These components combine to create the feelings that we typically recognize as anger and known as fear, apprehension, or worry. ... Personification of virtue (Greek ἀρετή) in Celsus Library in Ephesos, Turkey Virtue (Latin virtus; Greek ) is moral excellence of a person. ... Anonymous Coward is a term applied within some online communities to describe users who post without a screen name; it is a dummy name attributed to anonymous posts used by some weblogs that allow posting by people without registering for accounts. ... The Shot at Dawn Memorial is a British Monument located at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, in Staffordshire, England in memory of the 306 British and Commonwealth soldiers executed for cowardice and desertion during World War I. The memorial portrays a young British soldier blindfolded and tied to a... Jack McCall Jack McCall (also known as Crooked Nose Jack) (born in the early 1850s in Jefferson County, Kentucky – died April i1, 1888 in Nacoma Texas, is the man who shot James Wild Bill Hickok from behind, an act that among admirers of Hickok and students of Hickoks history... Robert Ford in an undated photograph with the weapon he used to kill Jesse James. ...

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Cowardice (76 words)
Cowardice may be considered to be prudence that does not take consequences to their furthest extent.
Cowardice is not fear, but rather a submission to vice that uses fear as a pretext.
An example of cowardice would be to refuse to testify against a crime lord, merely because one might risk death.
Cowardice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (365 words)
Cowardice is a vice that is conventionally viewed as the corruption of prudence, to thwart all courage or bravery.
According to the UCMJ, the maximum punishment for cowardice is the death penalty.
Cowardice can, by definition, only be charged during a time of and in an area of armed conflict.
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