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pusillanimous | pusillanimously | pusillanimity

pusillanimous pusillanimously pusillanimity
timid or afraid
  • How to Memorize
    • pusillanimous - cowardly
  • Analysis

    A person who lacks courage and is afraid to act or speak out about things can be described as ‘pusillanimous'. The word has more negative connotations than others with a similar meaning as it also implies a form of contempt for the cowardice, which is why it is often used to express somebody letting fear stop them from doing something that they really ought to do.

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    Antonymsdauntlessvaliant, gallant,
  • Example(s)
    1. Brian will not go far in such a tough, uncompromising business. He is too pusillanimous.

    2. I pusillanimously took my time coming to a decision about whether to take the job or not, so by the time I decided I would the opportunity had gone.

    3. Jane felt that the organization's failure to combat the claims made against it was due to the pusillanimity of its leadership.