aus·ter·i·ty /ɔˈstɛrəti ||ˈstɪr-/
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.
n : the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from
worldly pleasures) [syn: asceticism, nonindulgence]