Cowardice is the perceived failure to demonstrate sufficient robustness in the face of a challenge. The term describes a personality trait which is viewed as a negative characteristic and has been frowned upon (see norms) within most, if not all global cultures, while courage, typically viewed ...
Lack of courage
refusal to confront a reasonable degree of fear or anxiety. Since fears and anxieties are extremely subjective (relative to experience, circumstance, stress and modulated by anxiety disorders) the qualifier of "reasonable degree" is highly individualized and very important. Compare with courage.
(1) the surest protection against temptation. (2) to sin by silence.