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pusillanimous - vocabulary

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adjective

Without spirit or bravery; lacking courage; timid; faint-hearted.

A Prince is despised when he is seen to be fickle, frivolous, effeminate, pusillanimous, or irresolute, against which defects he ought therefore most carefully to guard, striving so to bear himself that greatness, courage, wisdom, and strength may appear in all his actions. In his private dealings with his subjects his decisions should be irrevocable, and his reputation such that no one would dream of overreaching or cajoling him.

—Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince (1513)

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