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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a weak or timorous spirit; pusillanimous.


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  • This poetry doesn't really seek to explicate misery; it's too weak-spirited for that.

    Anis Shivani: Philip Levine and Other Mediocrities: What it Takes to Ascend to the Poet Laureateship

  • The King said to Sabila, “You see Isaaco appears to be a courageous man; if he had been of a weak-spirited mind, he would have run away, and left his things in my hands.”

    The Journal of a Mission to the Interior of Africa, in the Year 1805

  • The Abbess, timid, narrowminded, and discontented, clung to ancient usages and pretensions which were ended by the Reformation; and was in adversity, as she had been in prosperity, scrupulous, weak-spirited, and bigoted.

    The Abbot

  • Like Knocked Up's Alison, Jane is a self-sufficient woman with supposed talent; like Ben, Tom is a boorish, weak-spirited charlatan.

    Sarah Seltzer: Papa Don't Preach: Paternalism in Hollywood (and Society)

  • The theory that a result is more likely genetic than environmental is obvious when you consider the cushy up-bringing, educational opportunities and other advantages that so many Liberals experience in Canada, yet so many of them are still retarded, illogical, weak-spirited, dependent, unappreciative, small-minded, petty, arrogant fools who make the lives of millions a daily frustration.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Lady Betty, the next hour that she sees you, will write her opinion of you, and of the likelihood of our future happiness, to Lady Sarah her sister, a weak-spirited woman, who now hopes to supply to herself, in my bride, the lost daughter she still mourns for!

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Epani, her thin-faced, weak-spirited replacement, stood in a pose of welcome belied by the discomfort on his face.

    A Shadow in Summer

  • London is convinced that those who get defeated are either weak-spirited, or they stepped away from the laws of honest struggle, did not pay attention to the experience of their predecessors, and did not take into account the pitiless laws of nature.


  • For so much power to create, it's used by the weak-spirited to crush people that they can't with their hands.

    nisayon Diary Entry

  • He prayed for the performance of a miracle, that the city might be saved; that their souls might be strengthened; that patience might be given them; that doubt and timid, weak-spirited mourning over earthly misfortunes might be banished.

    Taras Bulba


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