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Definition of austerity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. austerities)
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  1. 1[uncountable] a situation when people do not have much money to spend because there are bad economic conditions War was followed by many years of austerity. austerity measures and economic reforms
  2. 2[uncountable] the quality of being austere the austerity of the monks' life
  3. 3[countable, usually plural] something that is part of an austere way of life the austerities of the South in wartime
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