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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Definitions for pusillanimous

  1. lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
  2. proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit.

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Citations for pusillanimous
…in the intervals of their debauches of brutality they are oily and ingratiating, make favorites, offer pusillanimous apologies, protest humane intentions, and allege absurd excuses for past outages. Julian Hawthorne, The Subterranean Brotherhood, 1914
The magnanimous man always praises himself in his heart; and so the pusillanimous man, on the contrary, always deems himself less than he is. Dante Alighieri (1265–1321), translated by Elizabeth Price Sayer, The Banquet, 1887
Origin of pusillanimous
1580-1590
Pusillanimous is derived from the Latin words pusillis meaning "small" and animus meaning "spirit." It entered English in the late 1500s.