Austerity

Definition of Austerity

Aus`ter´i`ty
n.1.Sourness and harshness to the taste.
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.

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