[ US /ˈpɪtəns/ ]
[ UK /pˈɪtəns/ ]
  1. an inadequate payment
    they work all day for a mere pittance
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How To Use pittance In A Sentence

  • Item, the pittancer is to serve out mashed beans to the servants of the convent during Lent as well as to those who are in religion, and at this season he is to provide the prior of the cloister and the hebdomadary with bruised cicerate; 58 but if any one of the same is hebdomadary, he is only to receive one portion. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino
  • they work all day for a mere pittance
  • If every action, which is good or evil in man at ripe years, were to be under pittance and prescription and compulsion, what were virtue but a name, what praise could be then due to well-doing, what gramercy to be sober, just, or continent? Areopagitica
  • The crop was sold for a pittance.
  • Her husband, after incurring losses trying to run a business, is now employed in a private firm for a pittance.
  • These workers are paid a pittance for doing vital work in hospitals.
  • I also knew that I could not be appeased with a pittance in dividends simply because everyone was focused on share price growth.
  • She could barely survive on the pittance she received as a pension.
  • The pavid matron within the one vehicle (speeding to the Bank for her semestrial pittance) shrieked and trembled; the angry Dives hastening to his office (to add another thousand to his heap,) thrust his head over the blazoned panels, and displayed an eloquence of objurgation which his very Menials could not equal; the dauntless street urchins, as they gayly threaded the Labyrinth of Life, enjoyed the perplexities and quarrels of the scene, and exacerbated the already furious combatants by their poignant infantile satire. Novels by Eminent Hands
  • Meanwhile, the welders and vessel fitters were working long hours for a pittance - all the while being charged $50 per month for their board.
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