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 ?
There are such women, and they will love you just as readily as any pusillanimous product of bourgeois sheltered life."
"Just so, pusillanimous; prattling out little moralities that have been prattled into them, and afraid to live 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. Hot-headed and impatient at all times, he had been rendered irascible by the fatigues of the journey, and the condition of his feet, which were chafed and sore.
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.
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.
Why, you pusillanimous piece of dirt, you'd run with your tail between your legs if I said boo!"
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.
"But infinitely more difficult for us," said I, with a sigh of pusillanimous relief.
It is a pusillanimous desertion of our work to gaze after our neighbors.
Wotan, ruler of the gods who has put into motion an horrendous trail of greed at the expense of simple happiness, emerges as the unpleasant, pusillanimous, vacillating creature he is.
For such pusillanimous notions as the separation of powers, Pombal harbored a cynical contempt.