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austerity

noun uk   /ɔːˈster.ɪ.ti/ us    /ˈɑː.ster.ɪ.t̬i/
[C or U] the condition of living without unnecessary things and without comfort, with limited money or goods, or a practice, habit, or experience that is typical of this: The wartime austerity of my early years prepared me for later hardships. The austerities of life in a small rural community were not what I was used to. [U] a difficult economic situation caused by a government reducing the amount of money it spends: People protested in the streets against austerity. The government today announced new austerity measures. [U] the quality of being austere in appearance or manner: the austerity of her short hair and plain grey suit
Translations of “austerity”
in Chinese (Traditional) 苦行,艱苦,樸素生活的習慣/經歷, 節儉,樸素…
in Chinese (Simplified) 苦行,艰苦, 节俭,朴素…
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