What does austerity mean?

austerity meaning in General Dictionary

Sourness and harshness on taste

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  • the characteristic of good self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
  • Sourness and harshness toward taste.
  • Severity of ways or life; severe rigor or strictness; harsh discipline.
  • Plainness; freedom from adornment; extreme efficiency.

austerity meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., "sternness, harshness," from Old French austerite "harshness, cruelty" (14c.) and right from Late Latin austeritatem (nominative austeritas), from austerus (see austere). Of severe self-control, from 1580s; thus "severe simplicity" (1875); used during World War II to national guidelines limiting non-essentials as a wartime economy.


austerity - German to English

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austerity meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) Sourness and harshness towards flavor.

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  • (letter.) Severity of ways or life; extreme rigor or strictness; harsh discipline.
  • (letter.) Plainness; freedom from adornment; extreme user friendliness.

Sentence Examples with the word austerity

Two court-singers, Sallama and Ilababa, exercised great influence, tempered only by the austerity of manners that prevailed in Syria.

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