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 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 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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12 Dec 2019

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“Pusillanimity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pusillanimity. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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dull or mediocre

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