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Definition of Austerity


  1. Sourness and harshness to the taste.
  2. Severity of manners or life; extreme rigor or strictness; harsh discipline.
  3. Plainness; freedom from adornment; severe simplicity.

Austerity Quotations

There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy.

The flaw in, say, austerity, is that its success is predicated on the relative exactitude of math rather than the shifting, liquid imperfection of people's lives.
Steven Weber

Past experience with fiscal austerity at home and overseas strongly suggests that it is best for the economy's long-run performance to restrain government spending rather than raise taxes.
Mark Zandi

Even in a time of fiscal austerity, education is more than just an expense.
Arne Duncan

Never has a strong, responsible trade union movement been so needed. With austerity policies biting hard and with no evidence that they are working, people at work need the TUC to speak up for them now more than ever.
Frances O'Grady
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Austerity Translations

austerity in Italian is limitazione
austerity in Spanish is restriccion, austeridad