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. [1913 Webster]

2. Severity of manners or life; extreme rigor or strictness; harsh discipline. [1913 Webster]

The austerity of John the Baptist. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Plainness; freedom from adornment; severe simplicity. [1913 Webster]

Partly owing to the studied austerity of her dress, and partly to the lack of demonstration in her manners. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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