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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Definitions for parsimonious

  1. Sparing in expenditure; frugal to excess.

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Citations for parsimonious
His mother became increasingly parsimonious over the years, and even if there were a good doctor around she did not like to pay one. Willard Sterne Randall, George Washington: A Life
Lehmann was famously parsimonious, and used postwar shortages as a cover for his economies. John Richardson, The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Origin of parsimonious
1590-1600
Parsimonious is the adjective form of parsimony, from Latin parsimonia, "thrift, parsimony," from parsus, past participle of parcere, "to spare, to be sparing, to economize."
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