Monday, January 14, 2002
pusillanimous adjective [pyoo-suh-LAN-uh-muhs] lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
Definitions for pusillanimous
- lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
- proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit.
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Citations for pusillanimous
…in the intervals of their debauches of brutality they are oily and ingratiating, make favorites, offer pusillanimous apologies, protest humane intentions, and allege absurd excuses for past outages.
The magnanimous man always praises himself in his heart; and so the pusillanimous man, on the contrary, always deems himself less than he is.
Origin of pusillanimous
Pusillanimous is derived from the Latin words pusillis meaning "small" and animus meaning "spirit." It entered English in the late 1500s.