pusillanimous

  • 1 Pusillanimous — Pu sil*lan i*mous, a. [L. pusillanimis; 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 pusillanimous — index caitiff, recreant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 pusillanimous — late 14c. (implied in pusillanimity), from L.L. pusillanimis having little courage (used in Church L. to translate Gk. oligopsychos small souled ), from L. pusillis very weak, little (dim. of pullus young animal; see FOAL (Cf. foal) (n.)) +… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 pusillanimous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lacking courage; timid. DERIVATIVES pusillanimity noun. ORIGIN from Latin pusillus very small + animus mind …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 pusillanimous — [pyo͞o΄si lan′ə məs] adj. [LL(Ec) pusillanimis < L pusillus, tiny (dim. of pusus, little boy, akin to puer: see PUERILE) + animus, the mind (see ANIMAL) + OUS] 1. timid, cowardly, or irresolute; fainthearted 2. proceeding from or showing a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 pusillanimous — [[t]pju͟ːsɪlæ̱nɪməs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you say that someone is pusillanimous, you mean that they are timid or afraid. [FORMAL] The authorities have been too pusillanimous in merely condemning the violence. Syn: cowardly Ant: brave …

    English dictionary

  • 7 pusillanimous — adjective /pjuːsɪlˈænɪmʊs,pjuːsəlˈænəmʊs/ Showing ignoble cowardice, or contemptible timidity The soldier deserted his troop in a pusillanimous manner. See Also: pusillanimously, pusillanimousness …

    Wiktionary

  • 8 pusillanimous — [16] Pusillanimous means etymologically ‘tiny spirited’. It comes from late Latin pūsillanimis, a compound adjective formed from pūsillus ‘very small or weak’ (a descendant of the same base as produced Latin puer ‘child, boy’, source of English… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 9 pusillanimous — adjective with the tough issues facing this city, the last thing we need is another pusillanimous mayor Syn: timid, timorous, cowardly, fearful, faint hearted, lily livered, spineless, craven, shrinking; informal chicken, gutless, wimpy, wimpish …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 10 pusillanimous — [16] Pusillanimous means etymologically ‘tiny spirited’. It comes from late Latin pūsillanimis, a compound adjective formed from pūsillus ‘very small or weak’ (a descendant of the same base as produced Latin puer ‘child, boy’, source of English… …

    Word origins

  • 11 pusillanimous — adjective Etymology: Late Latin pusillanimis, from Latin pusillus very small (diminutive of pusus boy) + animus spirit; perhaps akin to Latin puer child more at puerile, animate Date: 1586 lacking courage and resolution ; marked by contemptible… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 pusillanimous — pusillanimously, adv. /pyooh seuh lan euh meuhs/, adj. 1. lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint hearted; timid. 2. proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit. [1580 90; < LL pusillanimis petty spirited, equiv. to L pusill(us) very… …

    Universalium

  • 13 pusillanimous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. cowardly, mean spirited. See cowardice. Ant., courageous. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Ignobly lacking in courage: chickenhearted, cowardly, craven, dastardly, faint hearted, lily livered,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 pusillanimous — pu|sil|lan|i|mous [ˌpju:sıˈlænıməs] adj formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Late Latin; Origin: pusillanimis, from Latin pusillus very small + animus spirit ] frightened of taking even small risks = ↑cowardly >pusillanimity [ˌpju:sıləˈnımıti] n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 pusillanimous — pu|sil|lan|i|mous [ ,pjusə lænıməs ] adjective FORMAL not brave …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 pusillanimous —  Cowardly …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 17 pusillanimous — pu·sil·lan·i·mous || ‚pjuːsɪ lænɪmÉ™s adj. cowardly, timid, fearful …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 pusillanimous — [ˌpju:sɪ lanɪməs] adjective lacking courage or determination; timid. Derivatives pusillanimity lə nɪmɪti noun pusillanimously adverb Origin ME: from eccles. L. pusillanimis, from pusillus very small + animus mind , + ous …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 pusillanimous — a. Cowardly, timorous, timid, feeble, recreant, dastardly, effeminate, spiritless, weak, mean spirited, little souled, faint hearted …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 pusillanimous — adjective formal frightened of taking even small risks pusillanimously adverb pusillanimity noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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