Austerity - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɔːˈsterəti|  American pronunciation of the word austerity
Brit.  |ɒˈstɛrɪti|  British pronunciation of the word austerity

noun

- the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures) (syn: asceticism, nonindulgence)

Examples

The austerity of their lifestyle was surprising.

They lived through years of austerity after the war.

IMF-backed austerity measures (=reductions in government spending)

a time of great austerity after the war

the austerities of post-communist Eastern Europe

China's austerity program has cut domestic consumption (=when products are bought in the country where they were produced).

a new budget of unaccustomed austerity

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