from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of a poor or tame spirit; cowardly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of a mean spirit; cowardly; base.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful


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  • The clergy and the crowd must have been rather ashamed of themselves in secret, I think, for being such poor-spirited knaves.

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  • I had the conviction that he could only regard me as a poor-spirited slave, wherefore I now went about to shun his presence and eschew his conversation.

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