austerity definition

  • noun:
    • the standard of becoming austere.
    • extreme and rigid economy: wartime austerity.
    • An austere habit or practice.
    • extent of manners or life; extreme rigor or strictness; harsh discipline.
    • Freedom from adornment; plainness; severe ease.
    • A policy of deficit-cutting, lower investing, and a decrease in the quantity of advantages and community services supplied.
    • Sourness and harshness towards taste.
    • Sourness and harshness to the flavor.
    • seriousness of manners or life; severe rigor or strictness; harsh control.
    • Plainness; freedom from adornment; severe simplicity.
    • Harshness or astringency of style.
    • Severity of manner, life, etc.; rigor; strictness; harshness of therapy or demeanor.
    • extreme or rigorous convenience; lack of adornment or deluxe.
    • Severe or ascetic methods: chiefly within the plural: as, the austerities of Flagellants.
    • Synonyms Self-sacrifice, Asceticism, etc. (identify self-denial); sternness, harshness. See contrast under austere.
    • the trait of good self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)

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