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Synonyms of 'cowardly'

(adjective) 
I was too cowardly to complain.
Synonyms
faint-hearted
The voters may be ready to punish the politicians who devised a faint-hearted solidarity pact.
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spineless
bureaucrats and spineless politicians
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gutless (informal)
He has proved himself to be a gutless coward.
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yellow (informal)
You yellow dogs!
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weak
a clash between a weak minister and a domineering civil servant
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chicken (slang)
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shrinking
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fearful
I had often been very fearful and isolated.
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craven
The craven attackers pounced on the boy and stabbed him before fleeing.
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dastardly (old-fashioned)
He described the killing as a dastardly act.
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boneless
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timorous (literary)
He is a reclusive, timorous creature.
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weak-kneed (informal)
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pusillanimous
The authorities are too pusillanimous to deal with this situation.
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chickenshit (US, slang)
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recreant (archaic)
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caitiff (archaic)
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chicken-hearted
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lily-livered (old-fashioned)
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white-livered
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sookie (New Zealand)
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of craven
Definition
cowardly
The craven attackers pounced on the boy and stabbed him before fleeing.
Synonyms
dastardly (old-fashioned),
mean-spirited,
timorous (literary),
pusillanimous (formal),
chickenshit (US, slang),
caitiff (archaic),
chicken-hearted,
yellow (informal),
niddering (archaic)
in the sense of dastardly
Definition
mean and cowardly
He described the killing as a dastardly act.
Synonyms
low,
weak-kneed (informal),
recreant (archaic),
caitiff (archaic),
niddering (archaic)
in the sense of fearful
Definition
afraid and full of fear
I had often been very fearful and isolated.
Synonyms
wired (slang),
shrinking,
jittery (informal),
nervy (British, informal),
timorous (literary),
pusillanimous (formal),

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