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austerity


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Austerity  \Aus*ter"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Austerities}.  [F. 
  aust['e]rit['e],  L.  austerias  fr  austerus  See  {Austere}.] 
  1.  Sourness  and  harshness  to  the  taste.  [Obs.]  --Horsley. 
 
  2.  Severity  of  manners  or  life;  extreme  rigor  or  strictness; 
  harsh  discipline. 
 
  The  austerity  of  John  the  Baptist.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  Plainness;  freedom  from  adornment;  severe  simplicity. 
 
  Partly  owing  to  the  studied  austerity  of  her  dress, 
  and  partly  to  the  lack  of  demonstration  in  her 
  manners.  --Hawthorne. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  austerity 
  n  :  the  trait  of  great  self-denial  (especially  refraining  from 
  worldly  pleasures)  [syn:  {asceticism},  {nonindulgence}] 




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