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Parsimonyn. [L. parsimonia, parcimonia; cf. parcere to spare, parsus sparing: cf. F. parcimonie.].
     Closeness or sparingness in the expenditure of money; -- generally in a bad sense; excessive frugality; niggardliness.  Bacon.  [1913 Webster]
    "Awful parsimony presided generally at the table."  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- Economy; frugality; illiberality; covetousness; closeness; stinginess. See Economy.


Parsimony, n.
1 carefulness in the use of money or other resources.
2 meanness, stinginess.

law of parsimony the assertion that no more causes or forces should be assumed than are necessary to account for the facts.
parsimonious adj. parsimoniously adv. parsimoniousness n.
ME f. L parsimonia, parcimonia f. parcere pars- spare



Lenten fare, austerity, austerity program, canniness, care, carefulness, chariness, economic planning, economicalness, economy, economy of means, exiguity, exiguousness, false economy, forehandedness, frugality, frugalness, good management, husbandry, jejuneness, jejunity, leanness, management, meagerness, meanness, miserliness, narrowness, niggardliness, paltriness, parsimoniousness, providence, prudence, prudential administration, puniness, scantiness, scantness, scrawniness, scrimpiness, skimpiness, slenderness, slightness, slim pickings, slimness, smallness, spareness, sparingness, stinginess, thinness, thrift, thriftiness, tight purse strings, unwastefulness




N economy, frugality, thrift, thriftiness, care, husbandry, good housewifery, savingness, retrenchment, savings, prevention of waste, save-all, cheese parings and candle ends, parsimony, cost-cutting, cost control, economical, frugal, careful, thrifty, saving, chary, spare, sparing, parsimonious, underpaid, sparingly, ne quid nimis, adde parvum parvo magnus acervus erit, magnum est vectigal parsimonia.


N parsimony, parcity, parsimoniousness, stinginess, stint, illiberality, tenacity, avarice, greed, miser, niggard, churl, screw, skinflint, crib, codger, muckworm, scrimp, lickpenny, hunks, curmudgeon, Harpagon, harpy, extortioner, Jew, usurer, Hessian, pinch fist, pinch penny, parsimonious, penurious, stingy, miserly, mean, shabby, peddling, scrubby, penny wise, near, niggardly, close, fast handed, close handed, strait handed, close fisted, hard fisted, tight fisted, tight, sparing, chary, grudging, griping, illiberal, ungenerous, churlish, hidebound, sordid, mercenary, venal, covetous, usurious, avaricious, greedy, extortionate, rapacious, with a sparing hand, desunt inopioe multa avaritiae omnia, hoards after hoards his rising raptures fill, the unsunn'd heaps of miser's treasures.

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