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cowardice (n.)

"want of courage to face danger, dread of harm or pain," c. 1300, from Old French coardise (13c.), from coard, coart "coward" (see coward) + noun suffix -ise.

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. [Ernest Hemingway, "Men at War," 1942]

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Definitions of cowardice from WordNet

cowardice (n.)
the trait of lacking courage;
Synonyms: cowardliness
From wordnet.princeton.edu