savingness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

saving +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

savingness (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being careful not to waste money; frugality; parsimony.
    • 1885, Helen Hunt Jackson, Zeph: A Posthumous Story
      Her love of a good dinner herself, and her still keener love of the approbation she won by setting it before others, kept up perpetual warfare with her savingness []
  2. Tendency to promote religious salvation.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.