pusillanimously


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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.
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Adv.1.pusillanimously - with a lack of courage and determination; "simperingly, the accused begged for mercy"
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It reminded me of a time thirteen centuries away, when the "poor whites" of our South who were always despised and frequently insulted by the slave-lords around them, and who owed their base condition simply to the presence of slavery in their midst, were yet pusillanimously ready to side with the slave-lords in all political moves for the upholding and perpetuating of slavery, and did also finally shoulder their muskets and pour out their lives in an effort to prevent the destruction of that very institution which degraded them.
But a world in which we do what we can about the poverty we encounter, and then do our best to cope with the consequences as they arise, is a better world than one in which we pusillanimously allow our neighbors to languish in a poverty that we could alleviate if we would.
Those who conformed too readily and pusillanimously could bump the bruise of national pride in their less abject compatriots by making the Scots seem craven in their abasement of themselves before their superior neighbours; they also ran the risk of appearing to try to put supercilious distance between themselves and their fellow countrymen.
Here Count Guido, for the first and only time in Day Ten, employs the adjective magnanimo, contrasted to its antonym, pusillanimo: "By yielding to your passion," the count warns the king, "you will act, not at all magnanimously, but rather pusillanimously, as a worthless and vile adolescent" ("'Questo non e atto di re magnanimo anzi d'un pusillanimo giovinetto'" 10.
1888) were elderly civilians, and might be forgiven for acting pusillanimously.
Arrested by German border officials, the little man volubly protests his innocence: conduct conforming to Nazi thinking, for this is how Jews were expected to behave: pusillanimously.
Instead, the AU pusillanimously gave its blessing to that arch neo-colonialist, President Jacques Chirac of France to broker the Marcoussis so-called peace accord which have never worked as it was imposed from outside.