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Examples of parsimonious in a Sentence
- A society that is parsimonious in its personal charity (in terms of both time and money) will require more government welfare. —William J. Bennett, The Death of Outrage, 1998
- Their merchant princes were supposed to be parsimonious and austere: fustian in apparel and coarse in diet. —Simon Schama, The Embarrassment of Riches, 1988
- With saints, Dante is apathetic. They are written with a dry pen, and parsimonious vision. —Robert Lowell, Collected Prose, 1987
a parsimonious woman who insists that charity begins—and ends—at home
Recent Examples of parsimonious from the Web
While Arsenal was taken over by Kroenke in 2011, the American sports tycoon operated in a parsimonious financial environment that irritated many supporters.
Available as a single or double, the Warbler's cheeseburger is a compromise between smashed and tavern styles, a resolutely thin, almost parsimonious patty with not-quite-crispy edges, a coarse grind, and a rare center.
In this more parsimonious age, Mr. Picardi has emerged as the face of what Condé Nast calls its Next Gen network, which includes online titles like The Hive and Healthyish.
No wonder managers are chastised for being too parsimonious, or too indecisive.
That's a stunning 37.3 mpg over that course, almost 14 percent more parsimonious than the mileage performance turned in by the 2009 car.
The most parsimonious explanation is that these alleles represent the ancestral human condition, inherited by both Neandertals and modern humans in Africa from their common ancestor, Capra says.
While the most parsimonious explanation is that Trump is a hothead who fired Priebus on a whim, his decision to install John Kelly as Priebus’ successor suggests something slightly more premeditated.
Along their journey west, drunken cowboys, parsimonious senators, desperate outlaws, and more threatened to derail the astronomers’ expeditions.
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Did You Know?
English isn't stingy when it comes to synonyms of parsimonious. Stingy, close, penurious, and miserly are a few terms that, like parsimonious, suggest an unwillingness to share with others. Stingy implies a marked lack of generosity, whereas close suggests keeping a tight grip on one's money and possessions. Penurious implies frugality that gives an appearance of actual poverty, and miserly suggests avariciousness and a morbid pleasure in hoarding. Parsimonious usually suggests an extreme frugality that borders on stinginess.
Synonym Discussion of parsimonious
- a stingy child, not given to sharing
- folks who are very close when charity calls
- the niggardly amount budgeted for the town library
- a parsimonious lifestyle notably lacking in luxuries
- the penurious eccentric bequeathed a fortune
- a miserly couple devoid of social conscience
PARSIMONIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of parsimonious for English Language Learners
: very unwilling to spend money
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