Pusillanimity Pu`sil*la*nim"i*ty, n. [L. pusillanimitas: cf. F. pusillanimit['e].] The quality of being pusillanimous; weakness of spirit; cowardliness. [1913 Webster]

The badge of pusillanimity and cowardice. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

It is obvious to distinguished between an act of . . . pusillanimity and an act of great modesty or humility. --South. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Cowardliness; cowardice; fear; timidity. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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