cowardly cowardly  /ˈkaʊ ərd li/


  • (adj) lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted


  1. Patrick Purdy, 26, a drifter with guerrilla-warfare fantasies, had returned to the % school he attended 16 years earlier for a final, cowardly assault.
  2. However, following the mob violence, he condemned the assailants for being cowardly and said his program was just aimed at having fun.
  3. It puts us in the horrible position where in order to defend against cowardly deeds, you have to behave in what has always been seen as a cowardly way yourself.


  1. 'Cowardly' killer gets life term

    'Cowardly' killer gets life term Times Union Copyright 2013 Times Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 7:56 am, Friday, June 21, 2013 Schenectady Citing James Wells' obsession with guns, a judge excoriated the Bloods gang leader from Brooklyn before sentencing him to 30 1/2 years to life in prison for fatally shooting ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Albany Times Union

  2. Why is modern poetry so bad?

    Mark Edmundson slaps America's cowardly poets in Harper's magazine
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Washington Post

  3. Malala denounces 'cowardly' Pakistan attack

    Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education, on Monday denounced an attack on a bus carrying female students in Quetta as "cowardly".
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Fox News


  1. Earlier, in a brief statement, Bush said "the US strongly condemns this cowardly act by murderous extremists who are trying to undermine Pakistan's democracy. Those who committed this crime must be brought to justice."
    on Dec 27, 2007 By: President Bush Source: USA Today

  2. Sen. Dan Cronin, R-Elmhurst, called the governor's request "cowardly, but consistent with the way he has governed."
    on Jan 26, 2009 By: Dan Cronin Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. Operation Rescue condemned the killing as vigilantism and "a cowardly act," and the group's president, Troy Newman, said Roeder "has never been a member, contributor or volunteer."
    on Jun 1, 2009 By: Troy Newman Source: FOXNews

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