Aus*ter"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Austplwies] (). [F. aust'erit'e, L. austerias, fr. austerus. See Austere.]
Sourness and harshness to the taste.
Severity of manners or life; extreme rigor or strictness; harsh discipline.
The austerity of John the Baptist.
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.
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