What does the word pusillanimous mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Pusillanimity.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Pusillanimousness.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Pusillanimously.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Meanspirited; cowardly.

Usage examples for pusillanimous

  1. Nathaniel Fiennes, inferior to none of his contemporaries in talents for civil business, disgraced himself by the pusillanimous surrender of Bristol. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  2. But the truth was that Dollar did not blame him in the least, as he turned the handle softly, and heard a pusillanimous step retreating down the corridor. – The Crime Doctor by Ernest William Hornung
  3. When Maximin, a barbarian of immense personal strength and lifelong military experience, headed a revolt in the army, the soldiers were quite ready to believe that the Empire had long enough been ruled by " a parsimonious woman and a pusillanimous boy." – Roman Women Woman: In All Ages and in All Countries, Volume 2 (of 10) by Alfred Brittain