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he is pusillanimous

he is afraid

TRANSLATION

- ängstlich, nervös; - kleinmütig, verzagt

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Pusillanimous B-B-Bennett

Arnold Bennett, who suffered from a severe speech impediment, was nervous about being approached by strangers. One day, a stranger in London asked Bennett for directions to Putney Bridge.

"There are eight m-m-million p-p-people in London," Bennett cried. "Why the d-d-devil can't you ask s-s-somebody else!?"

Bennett, Enoch Arnold (1867-1931) British writer and theater critic -noted for his depiction of life among the lower middle classes in such works as The Old Wives' Tale (1908)

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pusillanimous

From the Middle English pusillanimus, from Late Latin pusillanimis : Latin pusillus, weak, diminutive of pullus, young of an animal + animus, reason, mind.

Synonyms:

afraid, anxious, apprehensive, cowering, cowhearted, craven, dastardly, faint-hearted, frightened, gutless, jittery, lacking courage, lily-livered, nervous, no guts, panicky, paper tiger, pigeon-hearted, pusillanimous, recreant, run scared, scared, shrinking, shy, soft, spineless, got the willies, timid, timorous, unmanly, weak, weak-kneed, worthless, yellow

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