• WordNet 3.6
    • n austerity the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Austerity 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."
    • Austerity Severity of manners or life; extreme rigor or strictness; harsh discipline. "The austerity of John the Baptist."
    • Austerity Sourness and harshness to the taste.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n austerity Harshness or astringency of taste.
    • n austerity Severity of manner, life, etc.; rigor; strictness; harshness of treatment or demeanor.
    • n austerity Severe or rigorous simplicity; absence of adornment or luxury.
    • n austerity Severe or ascetic practices: chiefly in the plural: as, the austerities of the Flagellants.
    • n austerity Synonyms Self-sacrifice, Asceticism, etc. (see self-denial); sternness, harshness. See comparison under austere.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Austerity quality of being austere: severity of manners or life: harshness: asceticism: severe simplicity of style, dress, or habits
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  • Alexander Herzen
    “Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a constant submission to it.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Mathematics, rightly viewed, poses not only truth, but supreme beauty a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.”
  • Sila-Prabhrita
    “Mercy to living beings, self restraint, truth, honesty, chastity and contentment, right faith and knowledge, and austerity are but the entourage of morality.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Austere perseverance, hash and continuous... rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistible greater with time.”
  • James Reston
    James Reston
    “Americans have always been able to handle austerity and even adversity. Prosperity is what is doing us in.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. austérité, L. austerias, fr. austerus,. See Austere
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. austerus—Gr. austērosau-ein, to dry.


In literature:

Schopenhauer is told off as a kind of librarian in the House of God, to sing the praises of the austere pleasures of the mind.
"Twelve Types" by G.K. Chesterton
Caesar's humanitarian statesmanship was answered by the grave austerity of Cato.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
But why should one excelling in every personal grace seek to practise self-denying austerities!
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
She is austerely garbed, at prayer for her city, in her own quiet house.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
The keen, austere face did not soften as Father Anselm's had done.
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
I initiated myself into the stern delights of study, the austere joys of poverty.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
The sun dipped behind a cold and austere hill-line.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
The Gnostics believed in the complete subjugation of the body by austere treatment.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
Childless was he, and free from crime In rites austere he passed his time.
"Hindu Literature" by Epiphanius Wilson
Old Auster Tenements, 217.
"Notes & Queries, Index of Volume 1" by Various
Her black velvet gown, unrelieved by any trimming, gave her an air of austerity.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
Milly finished her song, and Twemlow, who had stationed himself behind her to look at the music, nodded an austere approval.
"Leonora" by Arnold Bennett
Don Marquis has something of Dobsonian cunning to set his musings to delicate, austere music.
"Shandygaff" by Christopher Morley
His soul revolted from them and their austerities, and he left them.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
The habits of life were devout, reverential, careful of sanctities, solemn and austere.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
Unlike Whistler, Stevens never abandoned the rich and complicated color arrangements of his youth for an austere and restricted palette.
"Artists Past and Present" by Elisabeth Luther Cary
The austerity of the French prototype has been replaced by joyousness and regal splendor.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
From her very infancy she was somewhat austere, passionate, and violent.
"Priests, Women, and Families" by J. Michelet
During the austerer days of the republic the derogation was unknown.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
The principal decorations of the southern portal are the only relaxation in this otherwise simple and austere fabric.
"The Cathedrals of Southern France" by Francis Miltoun

In poetry:

Yet something sombre and severe
O'er the enchanted landscape reigned;
A terror in the atmosphere
As if King Philip listened near,
Or Torquemada, the austere,
His ghostly sway maintained.
"Castles In Spain. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fifth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Concealing guile beneath a smile,
He took them to a wood,
And, with severe and most austere
Injunctions to be good,
He left them seated on a gateway,
And took his own departure straightway.
"How The Babes In The Wood Showed They Couldn't Be Beaten" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Within their austere walls no voices penetrate;
A sacred silence only, as of death, obtains;
Nothing finds entry here of loud or passionate;
This quiet is the exceeding profit of their pains.
"Carthusians" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Above the middle mountain, sudden, soon,
Half burnished, ready risen, the round moon:
Then burnished full : Splendour and the stars' light:
Light and the night and the austere signs of the night.
"Luna Dies Et Nox Et Noctis Signa Severa " by Thomas MacDonagh
He makes all toil, all hardship, light:
Would all men were the same!
So ready to be pleased, so kind,
So very slow to blame!
Folks need not be unkind, austere,
For love hath readier will than fear.
""The clock is on the stroke of six"" by Mary Botham Howitt
Ye shall prevail at last! Surely ye shall prevail!
Your silence and austerity shall win at last:
Desire and mirth, the world's ephemeral lights shall fail,
The sweet star of your queen is never overcast.
"Carthusians" by Ernest Christopher Dowson

In news:

Hong Kong, May 28, 2012 (AFP) – Asian markets rose on Monday as an opinion poll indicated a victory for pro-austerity conservatives in next month's Greek general election, but gains were tempered by concerns about Spain.
To Lure More Tourists in Current Age of Austerity, Thessaloniki Heralds Attractions from the City's Ottoman -Ruled Past.
BERN, Switzerland — Swiss citizens appear to be leading the way on European austerity, rejecting a minimum six weeks paid vacation a year.
Known for their work ethic, Swiss citizens appear to be leading the way on European austerity, rejecting a minimum six weeks paid holiday a year.
Austerity Can Stunt Growth, IMF Says.
Striking Greek unions seek to persuade lawmakers to reject new austerity package in key vote.
A petrol bomb explodes next to riot police during a demonstration against new austerity measures outside the parliament in Athens.
Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced he will resign following the passage of austerity measures.
Funeral for Anti-Austerity Protestor .
Approximately two-thousand mourners attended the funeral of an elderly Greek man who killed himself in Athens earlier this week, apparently in protest at the government's austerity measures.
His austere landscapes are frequently reproduced in books on Romanticism, and neo-Romantic painters liberally borrow from them today.
Even Nobel Prize feels pinch of austerity .
Quebec students should not have to bear the brunt of austerity .
The Greek government is set to present a new austerity budget on Monday that's supposed to please the institutions that are lending billions to the country to save it from bankruptcy.

In science:

One can easily imagine more intricate notions of efficiency, our point here is that even in this austere model, the power of the adversary is non-trivial.
Social Networks and Stable Matchings in the Job Market
Theodor Reye, whose lectures on von Staudt’s approach to pro jective geometry were first published in 1866 , says in his preface that the austere language, the extreme abstractness of presentation, and the lack of diagrams have hindered the well-deserved recognition of von Staudt’s work.
Publication history of von Staudt's Geometrie der Lage
One of the main reasons for studying 3D gravity models is in reality to try to find out a gravity system with less austere ultraviolet divergences in perturbation theory.
Some interesting features of new massive gravity
Default is preempted by the impact of the negotiations between Greece and the European Union including a 53.5% haircut, austerity and ESPF loans as shown in pro jections for 2012 and 2013 (green circles) according to estimates reported in Ref. .
The European debt crisis: Defaults and market equilibrium
TABLE I: Values used for debt ratio pro jections - Austerity targets for the budget ratio st and pro jections of the GDP change yt for the five countries we considered.
The European debt crisis: Defaults and market equilibrium