- lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
- proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit.
Origin of pusillanimous
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Examples from the Web for pusillanimously
Isabel has confessed nothing to you, and I know by your lies to me how pusillanimously you must have been lying to her.Bylow Hill
George Washington Cable
I say nothing about the political bear-garden—I fear I pusillanimously keep out of it.The Letters of Henry James (volume I)
As I kept deafly and pusillanimously to my room, I am far from sure what happened during the remainder of the night.Sonia Married
However, in spite of their opinion, I pusillanimously decided to hold off for a fortnight, and then fire without notice.From Chart House to Bush Hut
Charles W. L. Bryde
They have pusillanimously abandoned the remnant of La Romana's army in order not to delay its retreat a single half day.Napoleon's Letters to Josephine
Henry Foljambe Hall
- characterized by a lack of courage or determination
Word Origin and History for pusillanimously
early 15c., from Late Latin pusillanimis "having little courage" (used in Church Latin to translate Greek oligopsychos "small-souled"), from Latin pusillis "very weak, little" (diminutive of pullus "young animal;" see foal (n.)) + animus "spirit, courage" (see animus). Related: Pusillanimously; pusillanimousness.