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- in Indo-European roots + animus, reason, mind; see anə- in Indo-European roots.]

pu′sil·lan′i·mous·ly adv.

pusillanimous

(ˌpjuːsɪˈlænɪməs)
adj
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 səˈlæn 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

pusillanimous

adjective
Translations

pusillanimous

[ˌpjuːsɪˈlænɪməs] ADJpusilánime

pusillanimous

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

pusillanimous

adj (liter)unbeherzt, feige

pusillanimous

[ˌpjuːsɪˈlænɪməs] adjpusillanime
References in classic literature ?
He has fought battles here which he has lost, he is therefore a bad captain; he has succeeded in no negotiation, he is therefore a bad diplomatist; he has paraded his wants and his miseries in all the courts of Europe, he has therefore a weak and pusillanimous heart.
This counsel was indignantly derided by M'Lellan as pusillanimous.
But the fierce old hag began to get angry and show a glimpse of her diabolic nature (like a snake's head, peeping with a hiss out of her bosom), at this pusillanimous behavior of the thing which she had taken the trouble to put together.
An argument fit for great and mighty princes to have in their hand; to the end that neither by over-measuring their forces, they leese themselves in vain enterprises; nor on the other side, by undervaluing them, they descend to fearful and pusillanimous counsels.
There are such women, and they will love you just as readily as any pusillanimous product of bourgeois sheltered life.
It is a pusillanimous desertion of our work to gaze after our neighbors.
We have again become pious"--so do those apostates confess; and some of them are still too pusillanimous thus to confess.
But infinitely more difficult for us," said I, with a sigh of pusillanimous relief.
Why, you pusillanimous piece of dirt, you'd run with your tail between your legs if I said boo
Orban's pusillanimous Hungary forgets how, in 1956, at the time of the Soviet invasion, about 200,000 Hungarians fled into Austria and found refuge and freedom in Western Europe.
In scene after scene, Manon's pragmatic candor is counterposed to Robert's pusillanimous idealism, as typified by their exchange when the latter discovers her working in a high-class brothel:
This means that Israel's miserable relations with the Palestinians cannot get better and it remains to be seen if the pusillanimous Obama administration will take action and reign in its rogue ally.