A veteran abolitionist who toured North Wales in the early 1820s was struck by the political timorousness
of the common people; they were "half a century behind those of South Wales, - and a century behind those of England".
For example, the Renaissance humanist Sir Thomas Elyot praised temperance by describing it in gendered terms as a combination of masculine fierceness, audacity, willful opinion, and desire for glory, moderated by feminine mildness, timorousness
, tractability, and benignity, that produce an androgynous mixture of magnanimity, constancy, and honor (qtd.
And there is allowance to be made for natural timorousness
, not only to women (of whom no such dangerous duty is expected), but also to men of feminine courage" (Hobbes, Leviathan, xxi, 16).
Zizek does not appear constrained by the cautious and professionalized timorousness
that can blunt the work of many scholarly authors.
notwithstanding, there is still time to avoid Lebanon's fall into the abyss if the international community displays some nerve.
More speculative, perhaps, is the sense that these responses derived from a painful sense of the unattainability of female physicality (whether one reads this unattainability as sexual timorousness
, as envy, or as both).
polite" society, his timorousness
Carol's body language, as well as the timorousness
of her voice, betrays her complete discomfort.
A: One of the things Mencken really railed against was the timorousness
that some journalists have shown.