austerity
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ɔˈstɛɹɪti/, enPR: ôstĕr′ǐtē
Noun

austerity

  1. Severity of manners or life; extreme rigor or strictness; harsh discipline.
  2. Freedom from adornment; plainness; severe simplicity.
  3. (economics) A policy of deficit-cutting, which by definition requires lower spending, higher taxes, or both.
  4. (obsolete) Sourness and harshness to the taste.
Antonyms
  • (severity of manners or life) comfort
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