- the state or quality of being austere
- (often plural) an austere habit, practice, or act
- reduced availability of luxuries and consumer goods, esp when brought about by government policy
- (as modifier): an austerity budget
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not using luxuries:the austerity of life in the wilderness.
- hardship caused by war, economic downturn, etc.: [uncountable]in times of austerity.[countable]the austerities of wartime.
- austere quality;
severity of manner, life, etc.;
- Usually, austerities. ascetic practices:austerities of monastery life.
- strict economy.
- Latin austēritās. See austere, -ity
- Anglo-French, Old French austerite
- Middle English austerite 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged harshness, strictness, asceticism, rigor.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See hardship.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged leniency.