Parsimony
Parsimony Par"si*mo*ny, n. [L. parsimonia, parcimonia; cf. parcere to spare, parsus sparing: cf. F. parcimonie.] Closeness or sparingness in the expenditure of money; -- generally in a bad sense; excessive frugality; niggardliness. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Awful parsimony presided generally at the table. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Economy; frugality; illiberality; covetousness; closeness; stinginess. See {Economy}. [1913 Webster]


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