pusillanimous


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pu·sil·lan·i·mous

 (pyo͞o′sə-lăn′ə-məs)
adj.
Lacking courage; cowardly.

[Middle English pusillanimus, from Late Latin pusillanimis : Latin pusillus, weak, diminutive of pullus, young of an animal; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots + animus, reason, mind; see anə- in Indo-European roots.]

pu′sil·lan′i·mous·ly adv.

pusillanimous

(ˌpjuːsɪˈlænɪməs)
adj
1. characterized by a lack of courage or determination
[C16: from Late Latin pusillanimis from Latin pusillus weak +animus courage]
pusillanimity n ˌpusilˈlanimously adv

pu•sil•lan•i•mous

(ˌpyu səˈl?n ə məs)

adj.
1. lacking courage or resolution; cowardly.
2. indicating a cowardly spirit.
[1580–90; < Late Latin pusillanimis mean-spirited = Latin pusill(us) very small, petty + -animis -spirited, -minded, adj. derivative of animus spirit; see -ous]
pu`sil•la•nim′i•ty (-ləˈnɪm ɪ ti) n.
pu`sil•lan′i•mous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pusillanimous - lacking in courage and manly strength and resolutionpusillanimous - lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley

pusillanimous

adjective (Formal) cowardly, timid, spineless, craven, yellow (informal), weak, fearful, feeble, abject, gutless (informal), timorous, faint-hearted, recreant (archaic), chicken-hearted, lily-livered The authorities are too pusillanimous to deal with this situation.
brave, daring, bold, heroic, courageous, fearless, gallant, intrepid, valiant, plucky, dauntless, valorous
Translations

pusillanimous

[ˌpjuːsɪˈlænɪməs] ADJpusilanime

pusillanimous

[ˌpjuːsɪˈlænɪməs] (formal) adj (= cowardly) → pusillanime

pusillanimous

adj (liter)unbeherzt, feige

pusillanimous

[ˌpjuːsɪˈlænɪməs] adjpusillanime
References in classic literature ?
There are such women, and they will love you just as readily as any pusillanimous product of bourgeois sheltered life.
"We have again become pious"--so do those apostates confess; and some of them are still too pusillanimous thus to confess.
This counsel was indignantly derided by M'Lellan as pusillanimous.