pusillanimity

noun
pu·​sil·​la·​nim·​i·​ty | \ ˌpyü-sə-lə-ˈni-mə-tē also ˌpyü-zə- How to pronounce pusillanimity (audio) \

Definition of pusillanimity

: the quality or state of being pusillanimous : cowardliness

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Examples of pusillanimity in a Sentence

the pusillanimity shown by the press on this issue after the administration began applying pressure
Recent Examples on the Web Hollywood has a history of pusillanimity, of wavering and waffling, of promising all sorts of things and then back-peddling as soon as the going gets tough. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Must Pull Out of Georgia," 7 June 2019 Normally Mr Glasenberg would not tolerate such pusillanimity. The Economist, "Glencore faces a DoJ probe stretching from Africa to the Americas," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of pusillanimity

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Pusillanimity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pusillanimity. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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