- 1Excessive desire to save money; extreme meanness: the party earned a damaging reputation for miserliness by cutting pensionsMore example sentences
avarice, acquisitiveness, parsimony, parsimoniousness, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, thrift; meanness, niggardliness, close-fistedness, closeness, penuriousness, illiberality, greed; asceticism, puritanism, masochismcheapness• archaic nearness
- 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.
- 1.1The quality of being small or inadequate; meagreness: the relative miserliness of the prizes involvedMore example sentences
- 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.