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Examples of pittance in a Sentence
the internship offers only a pittance for a salary, but it is a great opportunity to gain experience
Recent Examples of pittance from the Web
Locals often assume that outsiders prowling their land are government officials bent on appropriating tracts for a pittance in order to develop them, Prasad says.
Tenants’ advocates say that figure is a pittance considering the billion-dollar needs of the city’s housing stock.
These subterranean retreats often get a pittance of our decorating attention and resources.
Since the residents don’t contribute their data to the AI companies, their monthly UBI is a pittance.
Saldaña so far has raised a pittance in campaign funds compared with Fletcher and two other leading candidates, Republican former District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Democratic attorney Omar Passons.
Instead, the schools get to pay a voluntary pittance in property taxes while turning the neighborhoods into college playgrounds.
She was fined a pittance ($82,500) and given a slap on the wrist.
Tumul gave Joe his land for a pittance but died before his people saw more than a secondhand truck out of the deal.
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Did You Know?
It's a pity when you haven't anything but a pittance. And in fact, "pity" and "pittance" share etymological roots. The Middle English word pittance came from Anglo-French pitance, meaning "pity" or "piety." Originally, a "pittance" was a gift or bequest to a religious community, or a small charitable gift. Ultimately, the word comes from the Latin pietas, meaning "piety" or "compassion." Our words "pity" and "piety" come from "pietas" as well.
Origin and Etymology of pittance
PITTANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pittance for English Language Learners
: a very small amount of money
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