- extreme or excessive economy or frugality; stinginess; niggardliness.
Origin of parsimony
Examples from the Web for parsimony
The family lived with a contradictory sense of parsimony and indulgence, “both beyond and below our means.”Great Weekend Reads: December 30, 2011
Jacob Silverman, Michael Thomsen, Lauren Elkin
December 30, 2011
But with the operations of magic Rodogune had delighted to supersede the parsimony of nature.Imogen
I had often heard of the thrift and parsimony of Herr Oppovich's household.That Boy Of Norcott's
Charles James Lever
Mre charged Pop with parsimony and he charged her with recklessness.In a Little Town
Parsimony was her great virtue, and a power of saving her strong point.Orley Farm</p>
It is not parsimony or unwillingness to give, but a disposition to save.Usury
- extreme care or reluctance in spending; frugality; niggardliness
Word Origin and History for parsimony
early 15c., from Latin parsimonia "sparingness, frugality, thrift," from pars-, past participle stem of parsi, perfect tense of parcere "to spare, save, refrain from, use moderately" (which is said to be unrelated to Latin parvus "small," parum "too little") + -monia, suffix signifying action, state, or condition.