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Definition of "pusillanimity" [pu•sil•la•nim•i•ty]

  • The state or quality of being pusillanimous; cowardice. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pusillanimity" in a sentence
  • "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."