pusillanimous


pu·sil·lan·i·mous

adjective \-ˈla-nə-məs\

: weak and afraid of danger

Full Definition of PUSILLANIMOUS

:  lacking courage and resolution :  marked by contemptible timidity
pu·sil·lan·i·mous·ly adverb

Examples of PUSILLANIMOUS

  1. <pusillanimous politicians who vote according to whichever way the political wind is blowing>

Origin of PUSILLANIMOUS

Late Latin pusillanimis, from Latin pusillus very small (diminutive of pusus boy) + animus spirit; perhaps akin to Latin puer child — more at puerile, animate
First Known Use: 15th century

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