pusillanimous

[ pyoo-suh-lan-uh-muhs ]SEE DEFINITION OF pusillanimous

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It is a pusillanimous desertion of our work to gaze after our neighbors.

Catharine was glad to have the pusillanimous Charles out of the way.

A blind faith is only one remove from a pusillanimous skepticism.

He was of a mean appearance, and, like his father, pusillanimous to a degree.

The senators seemed to take a pleasure in pusillanimous adulation.

To remain where he was was certain death, and a shameful, pusillanimous death to boot.

It would have been pusillanimous, cowardly, and unworthy the Governor of the State.

It was, to their minds, an anticlimax, a pusillanimous surrender.

Why, confound your pusillanimous souls, what do you mean by talking to me in that fashion?

Joan hung up the telephone, mortified by her own pusillanimous behavior.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Late Latin pusillanimis "having little courage" (used in Church Latin to translate Greek oligopsychos "small-souled"), from Latin pusillis "very weak, little" (diminutive of pullus "young animal;" see foal (n.)) + animus "spirit, courage" (see animus). Related: Pusillanimously; pusillanimousness.

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