parsimonious

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adjective par·si·mo·ni·ous \ ˌpär-sə-ˈmō-nē-əs \

Definition of parsimonious

1 :exhibiting or marked by parsimony; especially :frugal to the point of stinginess

parsimoniously

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Examples of parsimonious in a Sentence

  1. A society that is parsimonious in its personal charity (in terms of both time and money) will require more government welfare. —William J. BennettThe Death of Outrage1998
  2. Their merchant princes were supposed to be parsimonious and austere: fustian in apparel and coarse in diet. —Simon SchamaThe Embarrassment of Riches1988
  3. With saints, Dante is apathetic. They are written with a dry pen, and parsimonious vision. —Robert LowellCollected Prose1987
  4. a parsimonious woman who insists that charity begins—and ends—at home

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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.

Origin and Etymology of parsimonious

Synonym Discussion of parsimonious

stingy, close, niggardly, parsimonious, penurious, miserly mean being unwilling or showing unwillingness to share with others. stingy implies a marked lack of generosity.
    • a stingy child, not given to sharing
close suggests keeping a tight grip on one's money and possessions.
    • folks who are very close when charity calls
niggardly implies giving or spending the very smallest amount possible.
    • the niggardly amount budgeted for the town library
parsimonious suggests a frugality so extreme as to lead to stinginess.
    • a parsimonious lifestyle notably lacking in luxuries
penurious implies niggardliness that gives an appearance of actual poverty.
    • the penurious eccentric bequeathed a fortune
miserly suggests a sordid avariciousness and a morbid pleasure in hoarding.
    • a miserly couple devoid of social conscience

PARSIMONIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of parsimonious for English Language Learners

  • : very unwilling to spend money



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