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Select the word or phrase closest in meaning to the given word COWARD

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  • Rave
    (IPA): /reɪv/

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    (plural raves)

    An enthusiastic review (such as of a play).
    An all-night dance party with electronic dance music (techno, trance, drum and bass etc.) and possibly drug use.
    (uncountable) The genre of electronic dance music associated with rave parties.
    2009, Chrysalis Experiential Academy, Mind Harvesting (page 109)
    translations (enthusiastic review)
    Italian: critica entusiasta
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    (raves, present participle raving; past and past participle raved)

    To wander in mind or intellect; to be delirious; to talk or act irrationally; to be wild, furious, or raging.
    Have I not cause to rave and beat my breast?
    The mingled torrent of redcoats and tartans went raving down the valley to the gorge of Killiecrankie.
    To speak or write wildly or incoherently.
    1748, David Hume, Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, Section 3. § 5.
    To talk with unreasonable enthusiasm or excessive passion or excitement; followed by about, of, or (formerly) on

    Nothing about this word is close to coward at all. The answer to this question is fearful.

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    (British) (IPA): /ˈfɪəfəl/

    (now) Frightened, filled with terror.
    1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4:
    Those two great champions did attonce pursew / The fearefull damzell with incessant payns [...].
    Tending to fear.
    fearful boy
    (dated) Terrible; shockingly bad.
    1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House
    But every day after dinner, for an hour, we were all together, and then the Favourite and the rest of the Royal Hareem competed who should most beguile the leisure of the Serene Haroun reposing from the cares of State — which were generally, as in most affairs of State, of an arithmetical character, the Commander of the Faithful being a fearful boggler at a sum.

    (frightened) frightened, timid, timorous
    translations (frightening)
    French: effrayant, effrayante, redoutable
    German: furchtbar
    Portuguese: amedrontador
    Russian: стра́шный
    translations (frightened, filled with terror)