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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
As of May 15, Massie had $18,006 in his campaign account — a pittance for any candidate attempting to mount a respectable showing at the June 2 convention and in the Sept. 4 primary.
Killing these deeply known cast members is the number one source of experience points in Vampyr; killing nameless fodder enemies and even completing quests deliver a pittance by comparison.
Taking his inspiration from Whitman's journals, Acouin imagines the poet's humanitarian mindfulness as a kind of Dante-esque descent into a hellish morass of suffering where there can only be a pittance of healing.
Since 2014, as the Washington Post recently noted, the Big East has produced just two one-and-done players – a pittance compared to the ACC (15), the Pac-12 (12), the SEC (11), or the Big 12 (seven) and half as many as the Big Ten (four).
That fee might be a pittance for a very wealthy person — regardless of what Trump’s net worth actually is, $130,000 probably didn’t make much of a dent in it.
The risk is that even if delivers several good NFL seasons, Barkley won’t return very good value due to the economics of the draft and the ability to find running backs who perform well for a pittance (See, Patriots and Eagles).
To me, the total is a pittance and shows that the party formerly known as the Republican Party is now just another component of the swamp.
On the other hand, Armstrong got out this mess for a relative pittance.
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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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