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  • n. The quality of being penurious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being penurious in any sense; especially, parsimony; a sordid disposition to save money.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state of lacking money
  • n. a disposition to be niggardly with money


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  • 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.

    The Golden Dog

  • 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).

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  • The story line is fast-paced and amusing as the women revolt against their penuriousness (with his money) spendthrift (with their money) squire.

    The Confessions of a Duchess-Nicola Cornick « The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews

  • 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.

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  • I blushed for this pettiness amid grandeur, and penuriousness surrounded by luxury.

    The Magic Skin

  • The Madani are, like the Meccans, a curious mixture of generosity and meanness, of profuseness and penuriousness.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • 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.

    The First Man in Rome

  • But his penuriousness has effectively excluded him from his rightful position in the scheme of things.

    The First Man in Rome

  • In this hospitable house, a strange contrast to the penuriousness and despotic management of Castle Downie, Lord Lovat was on the most intimate footing.

    Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745 Volume II.

  • 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.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 341, March, 1844


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