Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being penurious in any sense; especially, parsimony; a sordid disposition to save money.
- n. The quality of being penurious.
- n. a state of lacking money
- n. a disposition to be niggardly with money
“Both took it, and followed their own pleasures, and were not usually disagreeable to one another, except when Angélique commented on what she called his penuriousness, and he upon her extravagance, in the financial administration of the family of the Des Meloises.”
“His doggedness got him (and us) through two full decades of those pictures; his penuriousness gave them their bright and tatty look (no small part of their charm).”
“The story line is fast-paced and amusing as the women revolt against their penuriousness (with his money) spendthrift (with their money) squire.”
“Even at 12, I understood this comment to be nothing more than a way people use to justify the cruel penuriousness of the fabulously wealthy.”
“I blushed for this pettiness amid grandeur, and penuriousness surrounded by luxury.”
“The Madani are, like the Meccans, a curious mixture of generosity and meanness, of profuseness and penuriousness.”
“His tragedy lay in his penuriousness, the inability of his father to provide either the income or the property necessary to enroll his son among even the lowest of the five economic classes; all his father had bequeathed him was the raw and simple citizenship itself.”
“But his penuriousness has effectively excluded him from his rightful position in the scheme of things.”
“In this hospitable house, a strange contrast to the penuriousness and despotic management of Castle Downie, Lord Lovat was on the most intimate footing.”
“It is notorious that gold and gold dust, ivory, ostrich feathers, peltries, spices, wax, and precious gums, form a part of the lading of every slave caravan; notwithstanding that the tediousness of the transport, and the penuriousness of the Indian and Arab merchant, offer but a small compensation for their labour.”
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Words from the novel by Thornton Wilder.
You know that feeling when you open your wallet and all you can find inside are ATM receipts?
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