- 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 pusillanimous
But on this issue of Haredi service his pusillanimous silence has been disappointing and self-defeating.Get Creative For Yossi Falafel
July 17, 2012
It is a pusillanimous desertion of our work to gaze after our neighbors.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Catharine was glad to have the pusillanimous Charles out of the way.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
A blind faith is only one remove from a pusillanimous skepticism.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
He was of a mean appearance, and, like his father, pusillanimous to a degree.The Romany Rye
The senators seemed to take a pleasure in pusillanimous adulation.Darkness and Dawn
Frederic W. Farrar
- characterized by a lack of courage or determination
Word Origin and History for pusillanimous
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.