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austerity

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noun aus·ter·i·ty \ȯ-ˈster-ə-tē, -ˈste-rə- also -ˈstir-ə-\

Simple Definition of austerity

  • : a simple and plain quality : an austere quality

  • : a situation in which there is not much money and it is spent only on things that are necessary

  • austerities : things that are done to live in a simple and plain way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of austerity

plural austerities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being austere

  2. 2 a :  an austere act, manner, or attitude b :  an ascetic practice

  3. 3 :  enforced or extreme economy

Examples of austerity in a sentence

  1. the austerity of the design

  2. The austerity of their lifestyle was surprising.

  3. They lived through years of austerity after the war.

  4. the austerities practiced by monks



14th Century

First Known Use of austerity

14th century



AUSTERITY Defined for Kids

austerity

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noun aus·ter·i·ty \ȯ-ˈster-ə-tē\

Definition of austerity for Students

  1. :  lack of all luxury





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