Adjective "pusillanimous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Showing a lack of courage or determination; timid.
  1. 'The health motivation was pusillanimous and puritanical.'
  2. 'Neither of these pusillanimous reactions is remotely appropriate.'
  3. 'He will not want to be remembered for tuition fees, nor for the pusillanimous creation of foundation hospitals.'
  4. 'Pray do not continue such pusillanimous writings.'
  5. 'Once again, those pusillanimous, patronising, mealy-mouthed lectionary compilers have excelled themselves.'
  6. 'Perhaps by reviewing a few highlights from my former life I might be able to explain how I adopted this pusillanimous attitude.'
  7. 'You can thank a crowd of pusillanimous state legislators for that.'
  8. 'But I suppose we can rely on you to be as pusillanimous as ever.'
  9. 'He was just too pusillanimous to face me after I'd discovered that he had deceived me.'
  10. 'For the British, however, it has all turned to dust, surrendered by the pusillanimous politicians.'


1. lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.

2. proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit.

More examples(as adjective)

"platitudes can be pusillanimous."

"policies can be pusillanimous."

"people can be pusillanimous."

"letters can be pusillanimous."

"empires can be pusillanimous."

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