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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Late Latin
Origin: pusillanimis, from Latin pusillus 'very small' + animus 'spirit'

pusillanimous

adjective
     
pu‧sil‧lan‧i‧mous formal
frightened of taking even small risks [= cowardly]
pusillanimity noun [uncountable]

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