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pusillanimity

[pyoo-suh-luh-nim-i-tee] /ˌpyu sə ləˈnɪm ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state or condition of being pusillanimous; timidity; cowardliness.
Origin of pusillanimity
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word pusillanimitās. See pusillanimous, -ity
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n.

late 14c., from Middle French pusillanimité (14c.), from Church Latin pusillanimitatem (nominative pusillanimitas) "faintheartedness," from Latin pusillanimis "fainthearted, having little courage" (see pusillanimous).

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