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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Aus·ter·i·ty n.; pl. Austerities
 1. Sourness and harshness to the taste. [Obs.]
 2. Severity of manners or life; extreme rigor or strictness; harsh discipline.
    The austerity of John the Baptist.   --Milton.
 3. Plainness; freedom from adornment; severe simplicity.
    Partly owing to the studied austerity of her dress, and partly to the lack of demonstration in her manners.   --Hawthorne.