Forget about the Second Amendment—the gun lobby, abetted by timorous Republicans, is trying to privatize law and order.
The CIA, despite its cowboy image, is in fact in many ways a timorous, risk-averse bureaucracy.
Alas, the sad truth is that the CIA, despite its Bourne Identity reputation, has become a timorous, risk-averse bureaucracy.
mid-15c., from Old French temeros (14c.), from Medieval Latin timorosus "fearful," from Latin timor "fear," from timere "to fear." Some early sense confused by mistaken identification with Middle English temerous "rash" (see temerity). Related: Timorously; timorousness.