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 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, "Trump’s Attacks on Local Officials Are Spreading Hatred and Inciting Violence," 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, "A European Army? It’ll Never Happen.," 2 Dec. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pusillanimity. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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