• WordNet 3.6
    • n miserliness total lack of generosity with money
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n miserliness The state or quality of being a miser or of miserly dis position or habits; avariciousness; niggardliness; penuriousness.
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “A soul that is reluctant to share does not as a rule have much of its own. Miserliness is here a symptom of meagerness.”


In literature:

The doctor's miserliness was not mere talk; it was real, and it had an object.
"Ursula" by Honore de Balzac
Or is it the very meanest miserliness, that he may keep you all to himself?
"Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete" by George Meredith
She may have even painted herself worse than she was, both to excuse her brother's miserliness to her son and the world's evil speaking of her.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
Bless old Jacobs's miserliness!
"Mercy Philbrick's Choice" by Helen Hunt Jackson
Who, then, would profit by this miserliness?
"Doctor Pascal" by Emile Zola
So the Jugi went away, cursing them for their miserliness.
"Folklore of the Santal Parganas" by Cecil Henry Bompas
This miserliness had grown upon him since he had lost both wife and son.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
But let it be remembered that thrift is not parsimony not miserliness.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
But miserliness or avariciousness is a different thing from economy.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
Blame me fur miserliness, an' excuse her fur slackness!
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
Miserliness saves for the sake of saving.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde
But then, old Jacob Patterson was noted as much for his surliness as for his miserliness.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
His companions accuse him of miserliness and usury.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
They reduced miserliness to a supreme art.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
This was not due to miserliness, but to her simple tastes and her frugal early life.
"The Diamond Pin" by Carolyn Wells
Does economic theory throw any light on the ethics of miserliness?
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter
There was a certain refinement of miserliness about him.
"To Leeward" by F. Marion Crawford
Need I say her miserliness won.
"The Romance of His Life" by Mary Cholmondeley

In news:

The extraordinary memoir of an Italian-Chinese New Zealander is full of misery, miserliness and affairs.