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  1. the state or condition of being pusillanimous; timidity; cowardliness.
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Origin of pusillanimity

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word pusillanimitās. See pusillanimous, -ity
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Related Words for pusillanimity

cowardliness, fear, cravenness, fearfulness, funk, wimpiness

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Word Origin and History for pusillanimity


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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