niggardliness


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nig·gard·ly

 (nĭg′ərd-lē)
adj.
1. Grudging and petty in giving or spending.
2. Meanly small; scanty or meager: left the waiter a niggardly tip.

nig′gard·li·ness n.
nig′gard·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.niggardliness - extreme stinginessniggardliness - extreme stinginess      
stinginess - a lack of generosity; a general unwillingness to part with money
littleness, pettiness, smallness - lack of generosity in trifling matters
miserliness - total lack of generosity with money
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Translations

niggardliness

[ˈnɪgədlɪnɪs] Ntacañería f
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niggardliness

n (of person)Knaus(e)rigkeit f; (of amount, portion also)Armseligkeit f, → Kümmerlichkeit f
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References in classic literature ?
I was deciding between money and men, between niggardliness and romance.
It was one of the results of Mazarin's niggardliness.
It was after this visit that Becky, who had paid her weekly bills, Becky who had made herself agreeable to everybody in the house, who smiled at the landlady, called the waiters "monsieur," and paid the chambermaids in politeness and apologies, what far more than compensated for a little niggardliness in point of money (of which Becky never was free), that Becky, we say, received a notice to quit from the landlord, who had been told by some one that she was quite an unfit person to have at his hotel, where English ladies would not sit down with her.
When their suspicions of our niggardliness or lack of peanuts had been confirmed, Jones half-turned his back on his life-partner and gave me his story.
Freyre contrasts what he sees as "the niggardliness, the avarice, the rapaciousness" of Ashkenazi Jews with the more generous, festive, and cultivated Iberian style of the Sephardis, redolent of the pleasures of "rich clothes of silk and velvet for festive occasions, an abundant table, [a] love of learning, [an] intellectual bent" (Freyre 1956, 221).
And Jane Fairfax's "reserve," her niggardliness in communication, comes up recurrently for criticism.
Federal Election Commission, (330) and its niggardliness in Holder v.
It would, however, be misleading to think of the merchants' attitudes as an expression of niggardliness. Rather, their wealth was shared and spent for the reinforcement of Islam: through public endowment in financing an alternative religious infrastructure first the construction of the Nur mosque, as Robe's first mosque in 1959, and an adjacent madrasa (Islamic school).
As for expending wealth, the merchant should take precaution against five factors, namely, niggardliness (al-lu'm), tight-fistedness (al-taqtir), intemperance (al-saraf), ostentatiousness (al-badhakh), and bad management (su' al-tadbir).
and thus it cometh to pass that many become thieves and vagrant beggars through their master's niggardliness that would not do his duty in bestowing some proportionable and competent relief upon them.
Like his preening insistence that he was always 39--or that he was an accomplished violinist--Benny's pretend niggardliness was funny but also geriatric, unsexy, and possibly even emasculating.