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Synonyms for paltry
ˈpɔl tri

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. negligible, paltry, trifling(adj)

    not worth considering

    "he considered the prize too paltry for the lives it must cost"; "piffling efforts"; "a trifling matter"

    Synonyms:
    measly, negligible, trifling, miserable

    Antonyms:
    ample, valuable

  2. measly, miserable, paltry(adj)

    contemptibly small in amount

    "a measly tip"; "the company donated a miserable $100 for flood relief"; "a paltry wage"; "almost depleted his miserable store of dried beans"

    Synonyms:
    low-down, pitiable, pathetic, piteous, abject, misfortunate, poor, pitiful, hapless, miserable, trifling, deplorable, suffering, scurvy, scummy, negligible, woeful, measly, wretched, execrable, low

    Antonyms:
    ample, valuable

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. paltry

    Pitiful originally signified full of pity; as, "the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy," James v, 11; but this usage is now archaic, and the meaning in question is appropriated by such words as merciful and compassionate. Pitiful and pitiable now refer to what may be deserving of pity, pitiful being used chiefly for that which is merely an object of thought, pitiable for that which is brought directly before the senses; as, a pitiful story; a pitiable object; a pitiable condition. Since pity, however, always implies weakness or inferiority in that which is pitied, pitiful and pitiable are often used, by an easy transition, for what might awaken pity, but does awaken contempt; as, a pitiful excuse; he presented a pitiable appearance. Piteous is now rarely used in its earlier sense of feeling pity, but in its derived sense applies to what really excites the emotion; as, a piteous cry. Compare HUMANE; MERCY; PITY.

    Synonyms:
    abject, base, contemptible, despicable, lamentable, miserable, mournful, moving, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, sorrowful, touching, woful, wretched

    Antonyms:
    august, beneficent, commanding, dignified, exalted, glorious, grand, great, helpful, lofty, mighty, noble, sublime, superb, superior

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "paltry":

    derisory, meagre, miserable, insignificant, meager, negligible

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How to use paltry in a sentence?

  1. William Butler Yeats:

    An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick.

  2. Arthur Schopenhauer:

    How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do.

  3. Demosthenes:

    You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit.

  4. Troy Gayeski:

    If you're a longer-term investor, you still have to like your equities exposure more than fixed-income exposure, where you basically have no upside at this point and your earnings are your paltry yield.

  5. Mike Pompeo:

    I look forward to seeing them fulfill that $2-billion commitment, china's contributions to fighting the pandemic are paltry, compared to the cost that they have imposed on the world.

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Translations for paltry

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  • ισχνόςGreek
  • چرت و پرتPersian
  • mitätön, surkeaFinnish
  • dérisoire, misérableFrench
  • modesto, insignificante, miserabile, ridicolo, insufficiente, irrisorioItalian
  • わずかなJapanese
  • armzalig, meelijwekkend, beklagenswaardig, pietluttig, waardeloos, triviaalDutch
  • insignificante, pobrePortuguese
  • незначительный, пустяковый, жалкийRussian
  • ynklig, futtigSwedish
  • değersizTurkish

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