Parsimonious

Parsimonious

Definition:

1. frugal to the point of stinginess

2. extremely unwilling to spend money

3. not willing to spend money or to give or use a lot of something

Use the adjective parsimonious to describe someone who is ungenerous and cheap to the extent that it damages their relationships with friends and family.

– Vocabulary Dictionary

Part of Speech (POS):

adjective

Why is it important to know a word’s part of speech?

Answer:

Understanding the different parts of speech is important for understanding how words work and how words can and should be joined to make sentences that are grammatically correct.

If a word has multiple meanings, then how are people supposed to differentiate what definition is applicable?

Answer:

Context clues are hints found within a sentence, paragraph or passage that a reader can use to understand the meanings of new or unfamiliar words.

Readers will need to especially pay attention to context clues. Doing so will allow them to decide upon the appropriate definition to fit the context in which the word is being used.

Synonyms for the word parsimonious:

Remember, a synonym is a word or phrase that has the exact or near exact definition as another word or phrase.

• greedy

• stingy

• miserly

• tightfisted

• avaricious

Other word forms of parsimonious

parsimoniously = adverb

Why is knowing various forms of a word important?

Answer:

Knowing the various forms of a word allows the writer to use a word they like in many ways. This allows for creativity and varied sentence structure, which are important to writing well.

Below are forms of parsimonious used correctly in different sentence types:

• Despite her wealth, she lived parsimoniously. (Complex Sentence)

• His mother taught him to be reasonably frugal, but not parsimonious to the point of missing out on opportunities. (Compound Sentence).

• After the festival, they all decided never to invite Rebecca along with them again, because she was so parsimonious and refused to spend any money on rides and games. (Compound-Complex Sentence)

• He spent parsimoniously. (Simple Sentence)

In the above examples, we have provided the four English sentence types as examples to give you a visual of how each sentence type should be structured.

Activity:

1. Write three complex sentences using the word parsimonious.

A complex sentence is a sentence that contains one independent and at least one dependent clause.

An independent clause is a complete thought that can stand alone as a sentence.

A dependent clause is not a complete thought. It is a sentence that depends on the independent clause.

2. Write two compound sentences using the word parsimonious.

A compound sentence is a sentence containing two or more independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction or semicolon.

3. Write four simple sentences using the both adjective and adverb word forms for parsimonious.

4. After proofreading your sentences, type them into the Leave a Reply/Leave a Comment section below (keep scrolling down).

5. Please review The 4 Types of Sentences workshop in our Basic Rules of Grammar category. At the very bottom of this page, you will find a search bar section where you can type in the words The 4 Types of Sentences to find the workshop and other helpful workshops.

A member of our teaching staff will provide helpful feedback for the sentences you provide in the comment section below. If you have any questions related to this workshop, please feel free to post those as well.

Writing Tip: Use the word during a conversation today. The more you familiarize yourself with this word by consistently incorporating it into your vocabulary and writing, the easier it will be to remember the word.

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