How is the word “parsimonious” pronounced?

The “a” in the first syllable is like the “a” in “bath”, “path”, and “cast”; the “i” in the second and fourth syllables sound like the “i” in “it”, “bit”, and “kit”. The “o” is pronounced like the “o” in “go”, “no”, and “so”; while the final “ou” is like the “a” in “china”. The main stress is on the third syllable “mo”. The word is mostly used in formal contexts. When you say that someone is `parsimonious’, what you mean is that the individual is very careful about how he uses the resources that are at his disposal. It could be money or anything else.

Example: *If we are parsimonious now, we won’t have to depend on our children later on.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – May 14, 2007.  


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