Definitions

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  • n. The property of being sparing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being sparing or inclined to spare; especially, frugality, scantiness, or the like: as, the sparingness of one's diet.

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Examples

  • But his quiet manner of living and his sparingness in expenses and his disregard of appearance gave him, when he became emperor, an ill-name for meanness, being, in fact, his worn-out credit for regularity and moderation.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

  • It is not your sin — it is your self – satisfaction that crieth unto heaven; your very sparingness in sin crieth unto heaven!

    Thus spake Zarathustra; A book for all and none

  • Doubtless most of this abstemiousness is due to poverty, since all nationalities soon fall into our ways of eating when they come to these shores, but their sparingness is none the less a proof that much of what we eat is an unnecessary burden to our stomachs.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls Volume XIII, No. 51: November 12, 1892

  • His desire that Chevis should consider him perfectly sober was abundantly manifest in his rigidly steady gait, the preternatural gravity in his bloodshot eyes, his sparingness of speech, and the earnestness with which he enunciated the acquiescent formulæ which had constituted his share of the conversation.

    Southern Prose and Poetry for Schools

  • Grey was apprehended, likewise Brook; by Brook, we found that he had given notice to Cobham of the surprizing treason, as he delivered it to us; but with as much sparingness of a brother as he might.

    State Trials, Political and Social Volume 1 (of 2)

  • He was a little, broadly built man, somewhat inclined to stoutness, who carried himself in very upright fashion, and habitually wore the look of a man engaged in operations of serious and far-reaching importance, further heightened by an air of reserve and a trick of sparingness in speech.

    The Chestermarke Instinct

  • Habits of modesty and of sparingness might perhaps deprive the world of as much wealth as they would save.

    Laurus Nobilis Chapters on Art and Life

  • But even supposing this to be true, though the wealth of the world did not immediately gain, there would always be the modesty and sparingness to the good; virtues which, sooner or later, would be bound to make more wealth exist or to make existing wealth _go a longer way_.

    Laurus Nobilis Chapters on Art and Life

  • Why need I detail her sparingness in food, her superabundance in duty, -- the one falling beneath the demands of nature, the other rising above its powers?

    On Christian Doctrine, in Four Books

  • His desire that Chevis should consider him perfectly sober was abundantly manifest in his rigidly steady gait, the preternatural gravity in his bloodshot eyes, his sparingness of speech, and the earnestness with which he enunciated the acquiescent formula which had constituted his share of the conversation.

    In the Tennessee mountains,

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