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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

TIMOROUS: "Timid by nature or revealing timidity"

"timorous little mouse"; "in a timorous tone"

timorous \TIM-uhr-uhs\, adjective:
1. Full of apprehensiveness; timid; fearful.
2. Indicating, or caused by, fear.

Girls, allegedly so timorous and lacking in confidence, now outnumber boys in student government, in honor societies, on school newspapers, and even in debating clubs.
-- Christina Hoff Sommers, The War Against Boys

The way we are living,
timorous or bold,
will have been our life.
-- Seamus Heaney, "Elegy"

The source of timorous is Latin timor, "fear."

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