I was wondering if there was a word that describes when people prefer to be "in the right hand of the devil than in his path"? Most of us have experienced bullying ourselves or witnessed it, or even watch it on youtube clips. Sometimes you see the victims being ignored until they retaliate, and then teachers break up the fight and punish both. But no one payed attention before hand.
I've had toxic friends in the past that would rip on me in a public setting trying when trying to hang out, in a non-kidding way. I basically had to put a stop to it myself because no one else would.
I feel like the word is cowardice but that can be a little broad and generic. Was wondering if there was one for that one type of situation.