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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
That’s a pittance compared to the NRA’s donations to other GOP lawmakers.
By comparison, the $100,000 that Adidas representatives allegedly agreed to funnel to Louisville five-star recruit Brian Bowen projects as a pittance and an investment with an enormous potential return.
The chic spot just west of Riverfront Park allows for a near-luxurious lunch experience for a pittance.
And not just a pittance, but a whopping $259,952.10.
Most people who geta share of class-action settlements get a pittance as their reward, Treasury added: on average, $32.35 per person.
There’s also no way to know whether the estimated $100,000 buy, a relative pittance by campaign-spending standards, is the end of the splurge or just the start.
Per-diem meal money can be a pittance, so dining above fast-food-grade restaurants is not realistic on a day-to-day basis.
That's a pittance by global standards, trailing not only South Korea's $1.34 trillion GDP, but also the Democratic Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, and every individual U.S. state.
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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
Synonymschicken feed [slang], chump change, dime, hay, peanuts, pin money, mite, shoestring, song, two cents
Antonymsbig buck (s), boodle, bundle, fortune, king's ransom, megabuck (s), mint, wad
Related Wordspetty cash, pocket money, spending money
Near Antonymsbankroll, capital, funds, means, wherewithal; opulence, pelf, riches, treasure, wealth; heap, pile, pot; bonanza, mine, treasure trove, treasury
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