pusillanimous

[pyoo-suh-lan-uh-muhs]
adjective
1.
lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
2.
proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit.

Origin:
1580–90; < Late Latin pusillanimis petty-spirited, equivalent to Latin pusill(us) very small, petty + -anim(is) -spirited, -minded (anim(us) spirit + -is adj. suffix); see -ous

pusillanimously, adverb


1. timorous, fearful, frightened.
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pusillanimous (ˌpjuːsɪˈlænɪməs)
 
adj
characterized by a lack of courage or determination
 
[C16: from Late Latin pusillanimis from Latin pusillus weak +animus courage]
 
pusillanimity
 
n
 
pusil'lanimously
 
adv

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pusillanimous
late 14c. (implied in pusillanimity), from L.L. pusillanimis "having little courage" (used in Church L. to translate Gk. oligopsychos "small-souled"), from L. pusillis "very weak, little" (dim. of pullus "young animal") + animus "spirit, courage."
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Example sentences
Active and indefatigable within its own range it recoils with a pusillanimous horror before whatever is new and untried.
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