pusillanimity

[ pyoo-suh-luh-nim-i-tee ]
/ ˌpyu sə ləˈnɪm ɪ ti /

noun

the state or condition of being pusillanimous; timidity; cowardliness.

Origin of pusillanimity

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word pusillanimitās. See pusillanimous, -ity
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Word Origin and History for pusillanimity

pusillanimity


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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