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poltroon | poltroonery

poltroon poltroonery
an abject coward
  • How to Memorize
    • poltroon - coward
  • Analysis

    A ‘poltroon’ is a person lacking in spirit and fortitude. As well as describing somebody behaving in a way that is devoid of courage or confidence, the word also implies a sneaky and devious character that is the opposite of what is considered admirable or heroic. This term has only negative connotations as such people are generally regarded with contempt.

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  • Example(s)
    1. Gary likes to talk tough, but as soon as he’s confronted by anyone he turns into a whimpering poltroon. It’s pathetic.

    2. Nothing great is achieved through poltroonery. You have to be willing to take risks and fight tooth and nail for something.

    3. I gave as good as I got when my boss reprimanded me in the meeting because I didn’t want my co-workers to think I was some kind of poltroon that couldn't stick up for himself.