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- Severity of manners or life; extreme rigor or strictness; harsh discipline.
- 1848 November – 1850 December, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 23, in The History of Pendennis. […], volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, […], OCLC 2057953:
- The most rigid and noted of the English ladies resident in the French capital acknowledged and countenanced her; the virtuous Lady Elderbury, the severe Lady Rockminster, the venerable Countess of Southdown—people, in a word, renowned for austerity, and of quite a dazzling moral purity:—so great and beneficent an influence had the possession of ten (some said twenty) thousand a year exercised upon Lady Clavering’s character and reputation
- Freedom from adornment; plainness; severe simplicity.
- 2021 October 20, Dr Joseph Brennan, “A key part of our diverse railway heritage”, in RAIL, number 942, page 56:
- The war-torn first half of the 20th century, together with the railway grouping of 1923, ushered in further austerity in design.
- (economics) A policy of deficit-cutting, which by definition requires lower spending, higher taxes, or both.
- 2012 April 23, Angelique Chrisafis, “François Hollande on top but far right scores record result in French election”, in the Guardian:
- He said France clearly wanted to "close one page and open another". He reiterated his opposition to austerity alone as the only way out of Europe's crisis: "My final duty, and I know I'm being watched from beyond our borders, is to put Europe back on the path of growth and employment."
- (obsolete) Sourness and harshness to the taste.
- (severity of manners or life): comfort
severity of manners or life
sourness and harshness to the taste
policy of deficit-cutting: reduce spending and/or raise taxes
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austerity f (invariable)