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austerity

Economics
a. reduced availability of luxuries and consumer goods, esp when brought about by government policy
b. (as modifier): an austerity budget

Austerity

Amish
conservative Christian group in North America noted for its simple, orderly life and nonconformist dress. [Am. Hist.: EB, I: 316]
Borromeo, Charles
archbishop; lived thriftily; gave money to poor. [Ital. Hist.: Hall, 65]
Cato, Marcus Porcius
(234–149 B.C.) Roman statesman known for conservatism; taxed luxuries. [Rom. Hist.: EB, II: 645]
Clennam, Mrs.
ascetic woman; wears only black. [Br. Lit.: Little Dorrit]
common thistle
indicates starkness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 178]
Dotheboys Hall
Mr. Squeers’s school: no extras, no vacations. [Br. Lit.: Nicholas Nickleby]
Puritanism
16th- and 17th-century religious reform movement noted for its moral earnestness and austerity. [Br. and Am. Hist.: EB, VIII: 309]
Shakers
celibate religious sect flourishing in 19th-century U.S. [Am. Hist.: EB, IX: 105]
Spartans
residents of Greek city known for its stern dedication to militarism. [Gk. Hist.: EB, IX: 403]
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