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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
Parsimony comes from Latin from Latin parsimonia, from parsus, past participle of parcere, to spare + the suffix -monia. One who exhibits parsimony is parsimonious.