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used in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration


of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
  • Of old time there lived there an abbot and his monks.  ...they gave themselves to study of pious books, and spoke not the one to the other, or indeed to any, and ate decayed herbs and ... slept hard, and prayed much, and ... came they to be known of all the world by reason of these holy austerities, and visited by rich and poor, and reverenced.
    Chapter 21 (43% in)
austerities = absences of basic comforts
  • Groups of gazing pilgrims stood around all and every of these strange objects, lost in reverent wonder, and envious of the fleckless sanctity which these pious austerities had won for them from an exacting heaven.
    Chapter 22 (85% in)
  • One morning I was out on a long walk to get up muscle for my trip, and had climbed the ridge which bordered the northern extremity of the valley, when I came upon an artificial opening in the face of a low precipice, and recognized it by its location as a hermitage which had often been pointed out to me from a distance as the den of a hermit of high renown for dirt and austerity.
    Chapter 24 (24% in)
  • The king unconsciously straightened up like a monument, and said, with frozen austerity: "Varlet, bring a seat; and serve to me what cheer ye have."
    Chapter 28 (42% in)

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