Example sentences for: paltry

How can you use “paltry” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • None of the movie's distinguished crime honchos--William Devane, James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson--can understand why he's risking his and others' lives in pursuit of such a paltry sum.

  • When I saw the paltry descriptions of the Maxwell Street market, I felt a small rush-I had out-traveled the travel experts.

  • If the art is so much about "real life" as you praise it for being, communicating beyond the precious confines of the art world, dealing with themes and issues that are bigger than paltry aesthetic experiences, then all credit, surely, to Citizen Rudy for plunging right in with his criticism?

  • In fact, it gets even more confusing: Al Kamen of the WP points out that none of the Republicans pushing for easing inheritance taxes and capital gains cuts is a millionaire (if you don't count their homes), while the Democrats who had opposed these ideas include "Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin (worth as much as $90 million), White House Chief of Staff Erskine B. Bowles (who could be worth as much as $60 million), and Office of Management and Budget Director Franklin D. Raines (who might top out at a paltry $35 million)."

  • To quote Woodward: "Granting that 'the wishes of democracy are capricious, its instruments rude, its laws imperfect,' granting as well an appalling list of shortcomings that he abhorred--minds 'so petty, so insipid, so crowded with paltry interests'--Tocqueville still regarded democracy 'not as the best, but as the only means of preserving freedom.

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