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

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 Even the turbulent Vietnam era didn’t inspire such pusillanimity. Matthew Hennessey, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 The pusillanimity of American corporations on this subject continues to astound. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2021 First civil-rights groups accused it of pusillanimity. The Economist, 14 Apr. 2021 It is often said that, given the rank pusillanimity of most politicians, such backsliding is inevitable. Rich Lowry, National Review, 26 Mar. 2021 On the Republican side, strategic calculations ahead of the Georgia runoffs are reinforcing the pusillanimity that many officials are displaying. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 8 Dec. 2020 But confusing markets with might is exactly the sort of pusillanimity that drives Macron crazy, and amuses Russian President Vladimir Putin. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2019 Normally Mr Glasenberg would not tolerate such pusillanimity. The Economist, 5 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of pusillanimity

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Pusillanimity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pusillanimity. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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