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Tuesday, October 01, 2002

Definitions for parsimonious

  1. Sparing in expenditure; frugal to excess.

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Citations for parsimonious
His mother became increasingly parsimonious over the years, and even if there were a good doctor around she did not like to pay one. Willard Sterne Randall, George Washington: A Life
Lehmann was famously parsimonious, and used postwar shortages as a cover for his economies. John Richardson, The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Origin of parsimonious
Parsimonious is the adjective form of parsimony, from Latin parsimonia, "thrift, parsimony," from parsus, past participle of parcere, "to spare, to be sparing, to economize."