What does the word parsimony mean?

Usage examples for parsimony

  1. A most painful and humiliating condition for brave men who had been fighting the battles of their Queen and of the republic, to behold themselves- through the parsimony of the one and the infuriated sentiment of the other- compelled to starve, to rob, or to be massacred by those whom they had left their homes to defend. – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  2. Their fun was precious in proportion to its parsimony. – Americans and Others by Agnes Repplier