Roget category 8626. Words relating to the sentient and moral
› 6.2. Personal affections
›› 6.2.3. Prospective affections
[Excess of fear.]
poltroonery, baseness — dastardness†, dastardy† — abject fear, funk — Dutch courage — fear etc. 860 — white feather, faint heart — cold feet [U.S.], yellow streak [Slang].
coward, poltroon, dastard, sneak, recreant — shy cock, dunghill cock — coistril†, milksop, white liver, lily liver, nidget†, one that cannot say 'boo' to a goose — slink — Bob Acres, Jerry Sneak.
alarmist, terrorist†, pessimist — runagate etc. (fugitive) 623.
be a coward
turn tail —
the white feather.
weak-minded — infirm of purpose etc. 605 — weak-hearted, fainthearted, chickenhearted, henhearted†, lilyhearted, pigeon-hearted — white-livered†, lily-livered, milk-livered† — milksop, smock-faced — unable to say 'boo' to a goose.
dastard, dastardly — base, craven, sneaking, dunghill, recreant — unwarlike, unsoldier-like.
in face a lion but in heart a deer.
" unmanned — frightened etc. 860.
sauve qui peut! [Fr.],
every man for himself! [Fr.Tr.] —
devil take the hindmost!,
ante tubam trepidat [Lat.],
one's courage oozing out —
degeneres animos timor arguit [Lat.]
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Bold numbers signify related Roget categories. A dagger symbol (†) indicates archaic words and expressions no longer in common use.
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