from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or quality of being pusillanimous; cowardice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality or state of being pusillanimous; the vice of being timid and cowardly, and thus not living up to one's full potential; pusillanimousness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being pusillanimous; weakness of spirit; cowardliness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or condition of being pusillanimous; lack of that spirit which constitutes courage or fortitude; cowardliness; timidity.
- n. Synonyms Poltroonery. See coward, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. contemptible fearfulness
He persisted in pursuing the track of the enemy; his hardihood increased with their prudence; their circumspection he called pusillanimity, their retreat flight; he despised, that he might hope.
Hence the vice opposed to pride by default is akin to the vice of pusillanimity, which is opposed by default to magnanimity.
The theologian will call his pusillanimity, "inward feeling;" "warning from heaven;" "secret inspiration;" but he who knoweth man, will say that this is nothing more than a mechanical motion, produced by a physical or natural cause.
Secondly, we shall consider pusillanimity which is opposed to it by way of deficiency.
Jefferson, whose own account this is, did not mention that he raised any objection to the wording of the proclamation at the time, though a few months later he referred to it in his private correspondence as a piece of "pusillanimity," because it omitted any expression of the affection of America for France.
It is this kind of pusillanimity that multiculturalism fetes and celebrates and it is the same kind of pusillanimity that Islamists prey upon when they extract concessions by flaunting their bruised psyche.
"pusillanimity" of the Administration's course, said on September 23,
First, the problem lay not so much in the pusillanimity of American leaders as in the preferences of the American public.
The Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab case highlights the pusillanimity of those who should be confronting extremism
In France there is pusillanimity attached to the slightest mention of religious communities, which has to do with a certain reading of laïcité, whereby the media, political parties and businesses, avoid targeting specific religious groups for fear of being accused of Communitarianism: