Definitions for: Pusillanimous


[adj] lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful



Webster (1913) Definition: Pu`sil*lan"i*mous, a. [L. pusillannimis;
pusillus very little (dim. of pusus a little boy; cf. puer a
boy, E. puerile) + animus the mind: cf. F. pusillanime. See
Animosity.]
1. Destitute of a manly or courageous strength and firmness
of mind; of weak spirit; mean-spirited; spiritless;
cowardly; -- said of persons, as, a pussillanimous prince.



2. Evincing, or characterized by, weakness of mind, and want
of courage; feeble; as, pusillanimous counsels. ``A low
and pusillanimous spirit.'' --Burke.

Syn: Cowardly; dastardly; mean-spirited; fainthearted; timid;
weak; feeble.

Synonyms: coward(a), cowardly, fearful, poor-spirited, unmanly

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