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Sunday, March 05, 2000

Definitions for parsimony

  1. Closeness or sparingness in the expenditure of money; -- generally in a bad sense; excessive frugality.

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Citations for parsimony
He never spent more than was necessary on anything; but his economy was a sign not of parsimony but of an almost instinctive sense of measure. Howard Pollack, Aaron Copland :The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man
I came very close to buying four delicate Lake chairs with needlework seats for $395 before parsimony got the better of me. Susan Spano, New York Times
Origin of parsimony
late Middle English
1400-1450
Parsimony comes from Latin from Latin parsimonia, from parsus, past participle of parcere, to spare + the suffix -monia. One who exhibits parsimony is parsimonious.