Definition of miserliness in English:

miserliness

Line breaks: miser¦li|ness
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪzəlɪnɪs
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1Excessive desire to save money; extreme meanness: the party earned a damaging reputation for miserliness by cutting pensions
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    • Miserliness and wastefulness are equally deplored in Buddhism as two degenerate extremes.
    • As a planet, we need to re-valuate the consumerist view that "more is better," and how that view creates miserliness, jealousy, and inequality.
    • Like Gertrude, whose behaviour provides too insubstantial a cause for Hamlet's disgust, Cherie's impecunious mother makes an inadequate pretext for her affluent daughter's lifelong miserliness and greed.
    Synonyms
    avarice, acquisitiveness, parsimony, parsimoniousness, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, thrift; meanness, niggardliness, close-fistedness, closeness, penuriousness, illiberality, greed; asceticism, puritanism, masochism
    informal stinginess, minginess, tightness, tight-fistedness
    North American cheapness
    archaic nearness
  • 1.1The quality of being small or inadequate; meagreness: the relative miserliness of the prizes involved
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    • However, because of the relative miserliness of the prizes involved in those days, the American quiz show scandals pale into insignificance next to this one.

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