Definition of pusillanimous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpjuːsɪˈlanɪməs/


Showing a lack of courage or determination; timid.
Example sentences
  • And yes, incidentally, I do know that it's ignoble and cowardly and pusillanimous, but I'll swap you for a decent night's sleep.
  • Forever is a pusillanimous way of saying ‘as long as I live.’
  • Once again, those pusillanimous, patronising, mealy-mouthed lectionary compilers have excelled themselves.



Pronunciation: /ˌpjuːsɪləˈnɪmɪti/
Example sentences
  • Of course, poor Neville does conjure nasty associations with cowardice and pusillanimity.
  • But at the moment, under Putin, Russia is launched on a different, worse trajectory, and western leaders have been united in their pusillanimity towards it.
  • His fault, if anything, is pusillanimity of a kind that is alarmingly becoming the hallmark of Congress chief ministers.


Pronunciation: /pjuːsɪˈlanɪməsli/
Example sentences
  • The comedy is, however, pusillanimously counterweighted with a solemn and Oprah-ish subtext that these are way important issues.
  • The Energy White Paper of 2003 should have given a clear green light to a new nuclear reactor: instead, it pusillanimously avoided debate.
  • And Washington is repeating the sins of the past while our pundits pusillanimously blank out.


Late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin pusillanimis (translating Greek olugopsukhos), from pusillus 'very small' + animus 'mind', + -ous.

Words that rhyme with pusillanimous

animus, equanimous, magnanimous, unanimous

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Line breaks: pu¦sil|lan¦im|ous

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