pusillanimity


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contemptible fearfulness

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The besetting malady has been their pusillanimity, their reluctance to make a move against the powerful even after being flogged by the courts?
While the judgment by the SC was welcomed by the minorities they feel uncomfortableat the government's pusillanimity.
The hit would indeed be terrible and the British Government's pusillanimity is demeaning but an Erdogan who arrests and jails hundreds of journalists is no friend of freedom.
Not to have raised it at all would have looked like collusion or pusillanimity. Equally, however, I didn't want to make a meal of it.
This would merely be cowardice and pusillanimity. No.
Reading the decision again, in light of the present Supreme Court's pusillanimity, I am struck by Morales' serene confidence in the power of the Constitution to resolve political conflict.
While these acts of pusillanimity were condemned in public a sense of opulent benevolence was missing.
By looking towards the error opposite her own, Fanny is better equipped to overcome her pusillanimity.
setback and pusillanimity, and discrepant politics notwithstanding, they
The United Nations, overcoming its customary pusillanimity, has drawn on what remains of its moral capital to condemn these crimes, declaring the Rohingya the world's most persecuted minority.
Delbanco wonders whether "behind the commitment to student freedom is a certain institutional pusillanimity"--a market-based fear of how requirements of any sort, anywhere on campus, might shrink the applicant pool and thus trigger a decline in the university ranking in the U.S.
Realising that I was enabling imams to provide videoed sermons for future use, I wondered if I should refuse future invitations, but thought that that might be interpreted as pusillanimity.
The lesson to be learned, Doig argued, is to avoid the pusillanimity that causes the institutional church to minimise the considerable risks involved in its patronage of the arts.
To this too, that cowardice and pusillanimity, so natural to man in his uncivilized state, still more disposes him; unprotected by the laws of society, exposed, defenceless, he feels his weakness upon all occasions; his strength and security upon none.
As Hannah Arendt wrote, the greatest evil is committed by nobodies, "human beings who refuse to be persons." At the funeral of a slain civil rights leader, Martin Luther King said, "he was murdered by the cowardice of every Negro who tacitly accepts the evil of segregation." It is, says Samuel Johnson, a "pusillanimity," an excessive fear in which we evade a duty to ourselves which, in effect, is a duty to the community.