Sourness and harshness on taste
- 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.
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.
(n.) Sourness and harshness towards flavor.
- (letter.) Severity of ways or life; extreme rigor or strictness; harsh discipline.
- (letter.) Plainness; freedom from adornment; extreme user friendliness.
Two court-singers, Sallama and Ilababa, exercised great influence, tempered only by the austerity of manners that prevailed in Syria.