Definition of thriftlessness in US English:



  • See thriftless

    • ‘She washes her hands, like Pilate before the murder of Christ. ‘The poverty of the poor,’ we say complacently, ‘is due to their drinking habits and thriftlessness.’’
    • ‘The Pharisees who preach that poverty is due to laziness and thriftlessness, and the fanatics who attribute it to drink, are for the moment silent.’
    • ‘Owing to her father's thriftlessness, she had to earn her living by teaching.’
    • ‘It is, however, in a sad state of repair, and the evidences of neglect and thriftlessness are apparent everywhere.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there are their counterparts of avarice, fraud, injustice, and selfishness, as displayed by the inordinate lovers of gain; and the vices of thriftlessness, extravagance, and improvidence, on the part of those who misuse and abuse the means entrusted to them.’
    • ‘For many years he endured galling poverty, which could not be charged to indolence or thriftlessness.’
    • ‘In one of the tiresome paragraphs above, I don't know which one, and I don't want to go back and look because I am as tired of reading this scary stuff as you are, I'm sure, we were looking for evidence of malinvestment, thriftlessness, speculation, and gambling.’
    • ‘Look at the Latin countries with their passionate records of crime, at the sexual immorality of France or Spain; the turbulence and thriftlessness of Ireland, the ignorant brutality of Catholic England.’
    • ‘Rural Maori were concerned about absenteeism in employment, thriftlessness, marital instability, crime and delinquency’ which that situation engendered.’
    • ‘They are not the only body to be concerned about the thriftlessness of the young.’
    • ‘They all yielded to this, - the strong, the intelligent, the diligent, submitting to their family, though they knew that their hard-earned pay was going to support weakness, heathenism, and thriftlessness.’
    • ‘Thrift and thriftlessness mean the same thing in this town, where I noticed that even Nonconformist chapels, with broken windows, had been left to the rats and birds.’
    • ‘These signs of civilization, so at war with Indian thriftlessness and nomadic habits, proved an early acquaintance with the customs of the earliest white settlers of America, or with the traditions which had spread from the whites to the Indians of the vast interior.’