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[froo-gal-i-tee] /fruˈgæl ɪ ti/
the quality of being frugal, or prudent in saving; the lack of wastefulness:
Many people who have lived through periods of economic deprivation develop lifelong habits of frugality and are almost never tempted by wasteful consumption.
Also, frugalness [froo-guh l-nis] /ˈfru gəl nɪs/ (Show IPA).
Related forms
nonfrugality, noun
overfrugality, noun
unfrugality, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • frugality is not only the basis of quiet, but of beneficence.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • frugality and industry will go a great way towards indemnifying us.

    Benjamin Franklin Paul Elmer More
  • She had to put the screw on herself to outdo him in frugality.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Since the world began, industry and frugality have been rewarded by wealth.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • Lucullus, when frugality could charm, Had roasted turnips in the Sabine farm.

    Essay on Man Alexander Pope
  • At the period of my writing no quality is more 101loudly commended than frugality.

    The Young Maiden

    A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • The other end was as evidently French, in the frugality and the neatness of its furnishings.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • To what degree of industry, frugality, and sobriety can the Indian be brought?

    The Indian Question (1874) Francis A. Walker
Word Origin and History for frugality

1530s, from Middle French frugalité (14c.), from Latin frugalitatem (nominative frugalitas) "thriftiness, temperance, frugality," from frugalis (see frugal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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