pusillanimous adj : lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful [syn: poor-spirited, unmanly]
- /pjuːsɪlˈænɪmʊs/ or /pjuːsəlˈænəmʊs/
- Rhymes with: -ænɪmʊs
- The soldier deserted his troop in a pusillanimous manner.
- 1882 — Mark Twain, On
the Decay of the Art of Lying http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2572/2572.txt.
- Therefore, the wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with a good object, and not an evil one; to lie for others' advantage, and not our own; to lie healingly, charitably, humanely, not cruelly, hurtfully, maliciously; to lie gracefully and graciously, not awkwardly and clumsily; to lie firmly, frankly, squarely, with head erect, not haltingly, tortuously, with pusillanimous mien, as being ashamed of our high calling.