austerity

[ aw-ster-i-tee ]
/ ɔˈstɛr ɪ ti /

noun, plural aus·ter·i·ties.

austere quality; severity of manner, life, etc.; sternness.
Usually austerities. ascetic practices: austerities of monastery life.
strict economy.

Origin of austerity

1300–50; Middle English austerite < Anglo-French, Old French austerite < Latin austēritās. See austere, -ity
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austerity
/ (ɒˈstɛrɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or quality of being austere
(often plural) an austere habit, practice, or act
  1. reduced availability of luxuries and consumer goods, esp when brought about by government policy
  2. (as modifier)an austerity budget
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