pusillanimity


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pu·sil·la·nim·i·ty

 (pyo͞o′sə-lə-nĭm′ĭ-tē)
n.
The state or quality of being pusillanimous; cowardice.

pusillanimity

a cowardly, irresolute, or fainthearted condition. — pusillanimous, adj.
See also: Cowardice
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pusillanimity - contemptible fearfulness
fearfulness - the trait of being afraid
poltroonery - abject pusillanimity

pusillanimity

noun
Translations

pusillanimity

[ˌpjuːsɪləˈnɪmɪtɪ] Npusilanimidad f

pusillanimity

n (liter)Unbeherztheit f, → Feigheit f
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Thus matters stood at the inn-gate, where there was a very lively exchange of fisticuffs and punches, to the sore damage of the landlord and to the wrath of Maritornes, the landlady, and her daughter, who were furious when they saw the pusillanimity of Don Quixote, and the hard treatment their master, husband and father was undergoing.
Those who so bind themselves, and are not rapacious, ought to be honoured and loved; those who do not bind themselves may be dealt with in two ways; they may fail to do this through pusillanimity and a natural want of courage, in which case you ought to make use of them, especially of those who are of good counsel; and thus, whilst in prosperity you honour them, in adversity you do not have to fear them.
I spoke of Polina's outburst, of my encounter with the Baron, of my dismissal, of the General's extraordinary pusillanimity, and of the call which De Griers had that morning paid me.
We are wrong in alarming ourselves; his absence will, doubtless, be of short duration; therefore, let us beware, lest by a pusillanimity which the general would consider a crime, of making his absence public, and by that means demoralize the army.
Our logrolling, our stumps and their politics, our fisheries, our Negroes and Indians, our boats and our repudiations, the wrath of rogues and the pusillanimity of honest men, the northern trade, the southern planting, the western clearing, Oregon and Texas, are yet unsung.
The presence of Tilly and his horsemen, indeed, exercised a salutary check on these civic warriors; but by degrees they waxed more and more angry by their own shouts, and as they were not able to understand how any one could have courage without showing it by cries, they attributed the silence of the dragoons to pusillanimity, and advanced one step towards the prison, with all the turbulent mob following in their wake.
The young men smiled at this new proof of the well known pusillanimity of their uncle.
For examples of white women's elitist claims to citizenship, see "White Woman's Suffrage Association," The Revolution 4 June 1868: 337; "Republican Pusillanimity," and "Let Blacks Rise--Lift Them.
In the following weeks, secular activists protested their mayor's pusillanimity.
The NPP's pusillanimity angered its supporters and sparked another demonstration at the EC offices in Accra on New Year's Day, this time by thousands of incensed NPP supporters who thought the EC was allowing the opposition to do as it pleased, to the disadvantage of the ruling party.
Smith replies: "Let them do anything rather than hang upon Government for an education--for an education, which, because it is Governmental, is emasculated of all positive, earnest, hearty religion--for an education, in which, because it is Governmental, the substance of morality is exchanged for the show of morality--and in which what is honest and uncompromising and robust and manly in character is made to give place to pusillanimity, effeminacy, calculation, baseness" (21).
He ascribes his own extreme malleability and pusillanimity to the condition of having sangue de coca-cola: "Eu gritei 'Viva o Presidente [Medici] quando o meu coracao queria gritar' 'Assassino, Assassino