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Definition extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
  • Ebenezer Scrooge was parsimonious in Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
parsimonious = (having the trait of) extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
  • They are known for parsimony in their business practices.
  • The suggested cuts in R&D are shortsighted parsimony.
  • But he has a reputation for wisdom and for a respectable parsimony
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • parsimony = reluctance to spend money
  • You think me rather parsimonious, don't you?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • parsimonious = extremely reluctant to spend money
  • He was, I had discovered, parsimonious about small expenditures—a trait absolutely inconsistent with his general character.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • parsimonious = extremely reluctant to spend money
  • He had not come to stay with him on his arrival in Petersburg simply from parsimony, though that had been perhaps his chief object.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • parsimony = reluctance to spend money
  • Beginning here, as though regretting her parsimony, Nature had spread his features with a lavish hand.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • parsimony = extreme reluctance to use resources
  • ...First crept
    The parsimonious emmet, provident
    Of future;
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • parsimonious = extreme reluctance to use resources (though not in this case, usually it is a question of using money)
  • There's no parsimony in us when it comes to bridal gifts.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • parsimony = extreme reluctance to spend money
  • ...underneath their propriety one could begin to detect an impatience that was never evident in the parsimonious letters of Florentino Ariza.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • parsimonious = extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
  • ... telling me, that by steady industry and a prudent parsimony I might save enough by the time I was one-and-twenty to set me up;
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • parsimony = reluctance to spend money
  • With an exasperating parsimony he took down the chests, opened them, and placed on the table, one by one, seventy-two gold bricks, Everyone had forgotten about the existence of that fortune.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • parsimony = extreme reluctance to spend money
  • Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Magi
  • parsimony = extreme reluctance to spend money
  • The principle that one should select the simplest of competing theories is called Occam's Razor or the Principle of Parsimony.
  • We need a parsimonious algorithm to optimize the spatial distances between the elements of various sets contained in the network data.
  • She had parsimonious thrift relieved by few generous impulses.
  • "Yes," said I, "how happy you are to have got out of the parsimony of oppression!"
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • Furious at Jefferson's parsimony, Callender switched sides to become the editor of a new Federalist paper, in Richmond, the Recorder.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • He built himself, as usual, a vast house, out of ostentation, but left the greater part of it unfinished and unfurnished, out of parsimony.
    Washington Irving  --  The Devil and Tom Walker

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