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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPARINGNESS

Habits of modesty and of sparingness might perhaps deprive the world of as much wealth as they would save.

Books are cold, jejune, vexatious in their sparingness of information at one time and their impertinent loquacity at another.

To make up for this defect—if sparingness in words be really a defect—I have written the following pages.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English sparian "to refrain from harming, to allow to go free," from the source of Old English spær "sparing, frugal," from Proto-Germanic *sparaz (cf. Old Frisian sparia, Old Norse spara, Old High German sparon "to spare"). Meaning "to dispense from one's own stock" is recorded from early 13c. Related: Spared; sparing.

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