1. Lacking in courage and resolution; contemptibly fearful; cowardly.
Evil, unspeakable evil, rose in our midst, and we as a people were too weak, too indecisive, too pusillanimous to deal with it.
— Kevin Myers, “An Irishman’s Diary”, Irish Times ,October 20, 1999
Pusillanimous comes from Late Latin pusillanimis, from Latin pusillus, “very small, tiny, puny” + animus, “soul, mind.”