Cowardice vs Pusillanimous - What's the difference?

cowardice | pusillanimous |

As a noun cowardice

is lack of courage.

As a adjective pusillanimous is

showing ignoble cowardice, or contemptible timidity.



  • Lack of courage.
  • Synonyms

    * cowardliness




    (en adjective)
  • Showing ignoble cowardice, or contemptible timidity
  • The soldier deserted his troop in a pusillanimous manner.
  • * 1882 — , On the Decay of the Art of Lying [].
  • Therefore, the wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with a good object, and not an evil one; to lie for others' advantage, and not our own; to lie healingly, charitably, humanely, not cruelly, hurtfully, maliciously; to lie gracefully and graciously, not awkwardly and clumsily; to lie firmly, frankly, squarely, with head erect, not haltingly, tortuously, with pusillanimous mien, as being ashamed of our high calling.