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
British Dictionary definitions for pusillanimous
Word Origin for pusillanimous
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.