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[froo-gal-i-tee] /fruˈgæl ɪ ti/
the quality of being frugal, or prudent in saving; the lack of wastefulness:
Many people who have lived through periods of economic deprivation develop lifelong habits of frugality and are almost never tempted by wasteful consumption.
Also, frugalness [froo-guh l-nis] /ˈfru gəl nɪs/ (Show IPA).
Related forms
nonfrugality, noun
overfrugality, noun
unfrugality, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This was considered a superfluous and indeed wicked luxury when frugality was a virtue.

  • frugality and industry will go a great way towards indemnifying us.

    Benjamin Franklin Paul Elmer More
  • The other end was as evidently French, in the frugality and the neatness of its furnishings.

    High Adventure James Norman Hall
  • She had to put the screw on herself to outdo him in frugality.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • He was remarkable, for his immense wealth, prudence, and frugality.

    Dealings With The Dead A Sexton of the Old School
  • To what degree of industry, frugality, and sobriety can the Indian be brought?

    The Indian Question (1874) Francis A. Walker
  • Let a strict frugality be the guardian of your virtue; and preserve your frugality by a close application to business and study.

  • Without industry and frugality nothing will do, and with them everything.

    The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
Word Origin and History for frugality

1530s, from Middle French frugalité (14c.), from Latin frugalitatem (nominative frugalitas) "thriftiness, temperance, frugality," from frugalis (see frugal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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