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 ?
As with relational nominalism, austere nominalism does not deny that Socrates is charactered in many ways and can be correctly described in various ways.
Secretaries general and policy chiefs of the three-party ruling coalition on Thursday voiced discontent at the government's policy of maintaining an austere budget for the next fiscal year beginning in April 2003.
Misrach is best known for his Desert Cantos, a series of photos documenting the often-bizarre mix of human-wrought environmental devastation and austere, timeless serenity in the deserts of the American West.
Fox, who has always boasted the austere spending practices of his administration, said he will investigate the matter.
flayed bare skin, who revere all austere absolutes to make the empty place
Describing the overall market, he said it currently has limited liquidity, low economic growth and less austere governmental controls on foreign investment, although more recently there are signs of more stability in the stock markets and currency exchange.
This demonstrates the ability to operate from austere locations, a highly desirable feature for the Expeditionary Air Force," said Greg Pierce, Technical Director USAF UAV Battlelab.
Gandy's own architecture ranged from austere Ledoux-like model designs for agricultural cottages to the spare but fantastic Neo-Classicism of Doric House in Bath that still overlooks Royal Crescent from Sion Hill.
Described, tellingly, as "a show of signs," it was characterized by an austere visual elegance and a self-conscious acknowledgment of an ideological schism that might once have led to its categorization (or condemnation) as radical chic.
NOMINATED THIS year for an Oscar for best foreign language film and produced in conjunction with Nelson Mandela's Children's Fund, ``Yesterday'' is an austere, simple tale attempting to put a human face on the AIDS pandemic crippling Africa.
There," the second part, shifted from an austere, fractious, alien tone to a twisted take on romanticism, underscored by live Brahms piano music.