December 04, 2018
parsimonious (adjective)
\pahr-suh-MOH-nee-us\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: overly sparing with money : miserly
How do you use it?
"I may be parsimonious," said the children's grandfather, "but if you had grown up during the Great Depression, you'd be careful with your money, too."
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"Parsimonious" has a number of synonyms. Which of the following do you think is one of them?

Someone who's too unwilling to spend money can accurately be called a number of things, including "parsimonious," "stingy," and "miserly." All three of these words are negative in tone; they criticize someone for being unwilling to share with others. A person who's simply careful about spending money is more accurately described as "frugal." "Parsimonious" is an adjective and is closely related to a noun, "parsimony." "Parsimony" means "the quality of being overly sparing with money," as in "someone known for generosity rather than parsimony."
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