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Meaning of AUSTERITY

Pronunciation:  o'steritee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)

AUSTERITY is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: asceticism, nonindulgence
 See Also: monasticism, self-denial, self-discipline



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

2. Severity of manners or life; extreme rigor or strictness;
   harsh discipline.

         The austerity of John the Baptist.    --Milton.

3. Plainness; freedom from adornment; severe simplicity.

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

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