noun, plural aus·ter·i·ties.
- austenitic stainless steel,
- austin flint murmur,
- austin friar,
- austin, alfred
Origin of austerity
Examples from the Web for austerity
Now cities are largely on their own, as austerity and gridlock grip Washington.
Walmart is about to teach everybody a lesson in how austerity can affect the consumer economy—and quick.
Pop Art exploded onto the scene as an unexpected post-war party—a daring distraction from the anxieties of an age of austerity.15 Most Bonkers Chairs at Pop Art Design in London|Chloë Ashby|October 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Thanks to austerity, about one million government positions have vanished, many of them at the state and local level.
And, ironically, in this age of austerity, CGI has been doing quite well.The Company That Built Obamacare Is Doing Better Than Ever|Daniel Gross|October 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Close at hand the edifice gained in austerity and dignity while it lost the last of its scanty air of hospitality.Doom Castle|Neil Munro
The interior is one of great interest; the nave, even in its early forms, is none the less attractive because of its austerity.The Cathedrals of Northern France|Francis Miltoun
His laughter shocked the austerity of that same jack-pudding.Captain Blood|Rafael Sabatini
Our austerity revolts and our frivolity is amused at the circumstance; but Catholics of the south are not at all surprised at it.The Wonders of Pompeii|Marc Monnier
In the troubles of an unhappy marriage and the approach of a childless age, his serious temper deepened into austerity.Sebastian Bach|Reginald Lane Poole
noun plural -ties
- reduced availability of luxuries and consumer goods, esp when brought about by government policy
- (as modifier)an austerity budget
mid-14c., "sternness, harshness," from Old French austerite "harshness, cruelty" (14c.) and directly from Late Latin austeritatem (nominative austeritas), from austerus (see austere). Of severe self-discipline, from 1580s; hence "severe simplicity" (1875); applied during World War II to national policies limiting non-essentials as a wartime economy.