Origin of pusillanimous
Examples from the Web for pusillanimous
But on this issue of Haredi service his pusillanimous silence has been disappointing and self-defeating.
The primate, a disinterested but pusillanimous man, kept at a distance both from the prince's court and from parliament.
The pusillanimous king adopted the course suggested to him by the secret accuser.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4|Henry Charles Lea
After the meeting had adjourned, that riot-urging individual branded the words of Mr. Masterson as pusillanimous.The Sunset Trail|Alfred Henry Lewis
His abilities were mean, his temper false, pusillanimous, and cruel.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Seldom has there been such a fine army and such splendid officers under such a pusillanimous commander.Argentina|W. A. Hirst
Word Origin 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.