Definition of austerity
1 : the quality or state of being austere: such asa : a stern and serious quality the formal austerity of his mannerb : a plain and simple quality the austerity of the design
2 : enforced or extreme economy especially on a national scale lived through years of austerity after the war fiscal austerity a series of austerity measures [=measures taken to reduce spending]
3a : an austere act, manner, or attitude monastic self-denial and austeritiesb : an ascetic (see ascetic 1) practice
Examples of austerity in a Sentence
the austerity of the design
The austerity of their lifestyle was surprising.
They lived through years of austerity after the war.
the austerities practiced by monks
Recent Examples of austerity from the Web
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity message attracted young voters in droves at last month’s general election, depriving May of her parliamentary majority.
Temer's push for economic austerity measures and reforms got a setback in Congress on Tuesday when a Senate committee rejected his proposal to loosen Brazil's labor laws.
This ideology, maintained to various degrees over the past few decades, places austerity above all else.
Nor is the European Union a matter of burning importance to most British voters, who are more concerned with the effects of the government’s austerity policies on health care and education.
Corbyn said Labour would try to amend the Queen's Speech to include its own commitments to end austerity and boost public spending.
However, nationalists in the area remain buoyant about their prospects and are convinced PM May’s austerity agenda, and her determination to pursue Brexit, will harden support for independence.
Corbyn, meanwhile, emerged as a British Bernie Sanders, energizing a youthful base with his unflashy style and proposals to increase government spending after seven years of austerity.
Corbyn responded by accusing May, who was home secretary for six years before becoming prime minister, of weakening national security through austerity.
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AUSTERITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of austerity for English Language Learners
: 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
AUSTERITY Defined for Kids
Definition of austerity for Students
: lack of all luxury
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