penuriousness


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pe·nu·ri·ous

 (pə-no͝or′ē-əs, -nyo͝or′-)
adj.
1. Poverty-stricken; destitute.
2. Unwilling to spend money; stingy.
3. Scanty or meager: "an allowance of cold meat and bread, in the same penurious proportion observed in our ordinary meals" (Charlotte Brontë).

[From Medieval Latin pēnūriōsus, from Latin pēnūria, want.]

pe·nu′ri·ous·ly adv.
pe·nu′ri·ous·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.penuriousness - a state of lacking money
impoverishment, poorness, poverty - the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
2.penuriousness - a disposition to be niggardly with money
stinginess - a lack of generosity; a general unwillingness to part with money
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penuriousness

noun
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As I endeavored, during the brief minute of my original survey, to form some analysis of the meaning conveyed, there arose confusedly and paradoxically within my mind, the ideas of vast mental power, of caution, of penuriousness, of avarice, of coolness, of malice, of blood thirstiness, of triumph, of merriment, of excessive terror, of intense - of supreme despair.
Naturally: for when "poor Peter" had occupied his arm-chair in the wainscoted parlor, no assiduous beetles for whom the cook prepares boiling water could have been less welcome on a hearth which they had reasons for preferring, than those persons whose Featherstone blood was ill-nourished, not from penuriousness on their part, but from poverty.
All this spoke, not of poverty, but of sordid penuriousness.
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