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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
The low compliance frustrates scientists because inoculation could basically eliminate yellow fever nationwide, and do so at a pittance.
That’s a pittance compared to the postwar average of 2.3%; the last high point was reached in 2001 through 2007, when growth averaged 2.7% a year.
Trump had similar name ID with Republican primary voters and spent a pittance en route to getting the Republican nomination for president.
According to a 2015 survey by Phoenix East Aviation, the starting pay for US airline pilots is $20,000 to $40,000 a year, or $20 to $50 an hour, a pittance compared to the $100,000 or more in loans that many aspiring pilots take on.
Despite his braggadocio, Trump has a pittance of legislative accomplishments to tout.
Metro makes an estimated $24 million a year from advertising, which is a pittance compared to its overall budget.
Until a new budget is approved, $15 million in state money is available this fiscal year for the Zoo Interchange and I-94 south of Milwaukee — a pittance for a pair of jobs that together will cost more than $3 billion.
More: WWII airmen, segregated by race, finally meet decades later Nearly every day Gary Marquardt plays at the graves of veterans — always leaving behind a penny on their stones as his symbol of the pittance of his service compared to theirs.
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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
PITTANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pittance for English Language Learners
: a very small amount of money
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