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English definition of “austerity”


noun     /ɔːˈster.ɪ.ti/ US  /ˈɑː.ster.ɪ.t̬i/
[C or U] the condition or practice of living without things that are not necessary 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.Plain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiring [U] the quality of being austere in appearance or manner Plain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiring
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