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
Origin and Etymology of austerity
First Known Use: 14th century
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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