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WORD FOR THE DAY(2/5/18)Pusillanimous
2/5/18

Posted on 02/04/2018 4:21:13 PM PST by left that other site

WORD FOR THE DAY(1/22/18)Pusillanimous



• Definition of pusillanimous

: lacking courage and resolution : marked by contemptible timidity

— pusillanimously

adverb

First Known Use: 15th century

Examples of pusillanimous in a Sentence

1. pusillanimous politicians who vote according to whichever way the political wind is blowing

Did You Know?

Do you know someone who has a small, weak spirit, someone whose reserve of inner strength is too small to draw from in times of danger and adversity? If so, you'll find pusillanimous to be the perfect descriptor for that person. The Latin roots of this derisive adjective are pusillus, meaning "very small" (and related to pusus, meaning "boy") and animus, which means "spirit" and is the ancestor to many words in our language, including "animal" and "animate." Pusillanimous first appeared in English in the 16th century, but it gained prominence in the 1970s when Vice President Spiro Agnew famously accused his ideological rivals of "pusillanimous pussyfooting." And despite what you may have heard, pusillanimous does not serve as the basis for pussyfoot, pussycat, or a certain related vulgarism.

Origin and Etymology of pusillanimous

Late Latin pusillanimis, from Latin pusillus very small (diminutive of pusus boy) + animus spirit; perhaps akin to Latin puer child — more at puerile, animate pusillanimous Synonyms

Synonyms chicken, chickenhearted, chicken-livered, craven, dastardly, gutless, lily-livered, milk-livered [archaic], poltroon, cowardly, recreant, spineless, unheroic, yellow

Antonyms brave, courageous, daring, dauntless, doughty, fearless, gallant, greathearted, gutsy, hardy, heroic (also heroical), intrepid, lionhearted, stalwart, stout, stouthearted, valiant, valorous

Related Words diffident, fainthearted, fearful, timid, timorous; afraid, frightened, scared; careful, cautious, wary; bashful, coy, shy; feeble, soft, unmanly, weak

Near Antonyms audacious, bold, brazen, cheeky, nervy; plucky, spirited, spunky; determined, resolute

Synonym Discussion of pusillanimous

cowardly, pusillanimous, craven, dastardly mean having or showing a lack of courage. cowardly implies a weak or ignoble lack of courage. ◦ ⟨a cowardly failure to stand up for principle⟩

pusillanimous suggests a contemptible lack of courage. ◦ ⟨the pusillanimous fear of a future full of possibility⟩

craven suggests extreme defeatism and complete lack of resistance. ◦ ⟨secretly despised her own craven yes-men⟩

dastardly often implies behavior that is both cowardly and treacherous or skulking or outrageous. ◦ ⟨a dastardly attack on unarmed civilians⟩



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MY ENTRY:

The pusillanimous behavior of RINOs has the unique talent of snatching Defeat from the jaws of Victory.

1 posted on 02/04/2018 4:21:13 PM PST by left that other site
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To: secret garden; VRWCmember; SoothingDave; Texan5; NicknamedBob; TruthShallSetYouFree; theDentist; ...

Seriously, FRiends, I chose this word for WFTD over a week ago, and had no idea of the target-rich environment that would present itself to us upon the release of The MEMO!

Have fun! :-)


2 posted on 02/04/2018 4:23:33 PM PST by left that other site (For America to have CONFIDENCE in our future, we must have PRIDE in our HISTORY... DJT)
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To: left that other site

I knew the word when I read it, and suddenly, I was shocked to see Nancy Pelosi’s plasticine face!


3 posted on 02/04/2018 4:29:37 PM PST by blu (If you don't read the story at the link, don't comment. (Except for Laz...))
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To: left that other site

Paul Ryan showed how pusillanimous he is when he deleted his pro-tax cut tweet.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/03/politics/paul-ryan-tweet-tax-cut-backlash/index.html


4 posted on 02/04/2018 4:30:26 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: blu

Indeed. It has been one of my favorite words for a long time!


5 posted on 02/04/2018 4:33:49 PM PST by left that other site (For America to have CONFIDENCE in our future, we must have PRIDE in our HISTORY... DJT)
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To: BenLurkin

Yes. “Deleting Tweets” due to enemy pressure is pusillanimous behavior!


6 posted on 02/04/2018 4:35:13 PM PST by left that other site (For America to have CONFIDENCE in our future, we must have PRIDE in our HISTORY... DJT)
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To: left that other site

been familiar with its use with “pusillanimous pipsqueak” in Lost in Space repeats


7 posted on 02/04/2018 4:51:05 PM PST by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is on twitter @SarahMGellar)
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To: SMGFan

Sounds like a Dr Smith-ism! :-)


8 posted on 02/04/2018 5:00:09 PM PST by left that other site (For America to have CONFIDENCE in our future, we must have PRIDE in our HISTORY... DJT)
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To: left that other site

Those wearing Nancy-Hillary-Barack-Michelle pink hats are certainly due their pussimiscellaneous protests about scared women demanding that they be the only allowed to think, act, and speak.


9 posted on 02/04/2018 5:15:01 PM PST by Robert A Cook PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A Cook PE

Oh, indeed, yes!

The hats were pusillanimous, precisely!


10 posted on 02/04/2018 5:18:34 PM PST by left that other site (For America to have CONFIDENCE in our future, we must have PRIDE in our HISTORY... DJT)
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To: left that other site

I thought Pusillanimous was a Greek historian that lived during reign of Emperor Hadrian.


11 posted on 02/04/2018 5:19:07 PM PST by Daaave ('the flesh eating jinn of Komari')
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To: Daaave

No, “Pussilanimous” what what Boudica CALLED the Emperor Hadrian!


12 posted on 02/04/2018 5:23:01 PM PST by left that other site (For America to have CONFIDENCE in our future, we must have PRIDE in our HISTORY... DJT)
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To: Daaave

Actually it was Nero who was Pusillanimous. :-)


13 posted on 02/04/2018 5:25:19 PM PST by left that other site (For America to have CONFIDENCE in our future, we must have PRIDE in our HISTORY... DJT)
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To: blu
"... I was shocked to see Nancy Pelosi’s Plasticine face!"

Ms. Pelosi is the epitome of pusillanimous, i.e. craven and cowardly...fearful of losing her power in her political arena....she babels incoherently....

14 posted on 02/04/2018 5:32:03 PM PST by yoe ("The FBI did everything but drive Hillary's get away car.......")
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To: Robert A Cook PE

The pusillanimous Press were providing pussynonymous terms for that headgear in order to change the perception from ridiculous to sublime…


15 posted on 02/04/2018 6:28:28 PM PST by mikrofon (Marvelous Monday BUMP)
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To: left that other site

Ha! I recognize that word! There was a very dedicated Freeper who posted a countdown of the number of days of Obama which were to be endured. He always had a magnificent list of the many adjectives to describe the Kenyan.....this was one of them! Now if only I could remember the Freeper!


16 posted on 02/04/2018 6:31:56 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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A song lyric:

You’re so pusillanimous, oh yeah.
Nature’s calling and I must go, yeah.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pAS_9fIzRY


17 posted on 02/04/2018 6:43:03 PM PST by John Milner (Marching for Peace is like breathing for food.)
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To: JudyinCanada; Lazamataz

It was Lazamataz.

And it was a wonderful thread wasn’t it!


18 posted on 02/05/2018 5:26:14 AM PST by left that other site (For America to have CONFIDENCE in our future, we must have PRIDE in our HISTORY... DJT)
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To: left that other site

Oh how could I forget - it was Lazamataz! It was so funny - I couldn’t believe all of the very fitting adjectives he listed.


19 posted on 02/05/2018 5:37:36 AM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: left that other site

The Dems treated Trump’s speech with animus
They sat on their hands, pusillanimous
As he lauded each hero
They fiddled, like Nero
Not wanting praise to be unanimous


20 posted on 02/05/2018 5:41:08 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Be careful, Kimmy. Our President is Trump, not Obama!)
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