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timorous (TIM-uhr-uhs) adjective

Full of fear, timid.

[Middle English, from Middle French timoureus, from Medieval Latin timorosus, from Latin timor fear, from timere, to fear.]

"For years the Punjab University, in thrall to a student mafia, has had more to do with politics and less with education. The only answer to its problems is to shut it down indefinitely, disband its tainted and timorous faculty (or post it out where it can do the least harm) and make a fresh start." Ayaz Amir, The Evil of Our Circumstances, Dawn (Pakistan), June 30, 2000.

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