"And to think, only to think that a man’s life should be ruined for the sake of that paltry three thousand!" he cried, contemptuously.
He is simply a devil—a paltry, trivial devil.
Not because I couldn’t, or because I shouldn’t dare, or because it would be damaging, for it’s all a paltry matter and absolutely trifling, but—I won’t, because it’s a matter of principle: that’s my private life, and I won’t allow any intrusion into my private life.
_ Don’t pay attention: he is a paltry, pitiful devil," he added suddenly.
There are no more uses of "paltry" in the book.
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I lick my lips, already thirsty, and hunch beneath the paltry shade of the Jack tree to consider my predicament.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
There was no way an eighty-six-year-old man could have stopped them from getting away with their paltry loot.