austerity

(redirected from austere)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Wikipedia.

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]
References in periodicals archive ?
In contrast to relational and austere nominalism, the two basic and exhaustive forms of nonconstituent nominalism, constituent nominalism is, in a sense, much more moderate in that it does not deny the reality of properties.
In a nutshell: Austere tale, told with due deliberation.
Adam Wilthshire's designs could be austere and occasionally entered into the eye-catching realm of sheer fantasy in what was a challenging piece for all the forces.
The austere fiscal position drew flak from some ruling coalition policymakers, who called on Koizumi to rev up the slumping economy with large government spending to be funded by more bond issues.
In an austere environment, or at a wartime-demolished port, the barges may be moved alongside a shallow pier or up a river for discharge.
Merging experimental video aesthetics with pornography and punctuating the many overheated sequences with an austere motif of an abandoned hallway (a perfect rendering of Leonard Cohen's line: "some hallway where love's never been"), Asimakopoulos effectively renders both the withering sadness and the oddly exquisite joy of human solitude.
During the evaluation, the C-27J successfully demonstrated the loading of 463L pallets 65 inches tall with the documented ability to load a 82 inch high pallet; roll-on, roll-off loading and unloading of a HMMWV with no disassembly required; conversion between medevac, cargo, troop and combination configurations; transloading cargo using both Army and Air Force standard material handling equipment such as 10K forklifts and K-loaders; short take-offs and landings into and out of assault zones and austere airstrips; aerial delivery and airdrop operations; and other human factors, such as instrument arrangement, emergency egress, and night-vision goggle compatibility.
Here, however, the scale is necessarily notched up several gears and it remains to be seen whether the nuances and subtleties of Sejima's austere domestic work can be successfully translated to a much larger and more complex institutional programme.
A sequence of mirrors, infinitely reflecting an image of prison bars, reconstructed the austere cell where Antonio Gramsci was imprisoned and where he wrote his Prison Notebooks (1929-35).
With an austere appearance that belies a devilish sense of humor, Johnson often writes about police corruption and race relations in Britain, but the sentiments are universal.
The backbone or glue of the piece is the movement, all austere angularity and clinical beauty.
In this satirical detonation of neo-con ideology, rendered in Behrman's trademark austere and evocative style, a teenager named Ernest tries to survive that very predicament.