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As a foil to his austerity, therefore, she would be audaciously gay in his presence.

Sunday comes, and brings with it a day of general gloom and austerity.

The sternness of age and the austerity of censoriousness are now silent.

They will require a little wine, to mellow the austerity of age, and make them amenable to the laws.

His laughter shocked the austerity of that same jack-pudding.

Katherine rose and gazed at him with the austerity of an inquisitor.

The austerity of labour alternates, it may be added, with the pleasures of the table.

It is the austerity of his talent, of course, that is in question.

To Ernest this was the one redeeming touch to the desert's austerity.

On the contrary, even the freshest faces wore an expression of austerity.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "sternness, harshness," from Old French austerite "harshness, cruelty" (14c.) and directly from Late Latin austeritatem (nominative austeritas), from austerus (see austere). Of severe self-discipline, from 1580s; hence "severe simplicity" (1875); applied during World War II to national policies limiting non-essentials as a wartime economy.

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