Definition of stringency:
meanness, easy, rigidness, niggardliness, closeness, tautness, parsimoniousness, minginess, density, denseness, toughness, rigidity, tightfistedness, tightness, concentration, exactingness, niggardness, inflexibility, hardness, strictness, rigor, constriction, compactness, parsimony.
severity (part of speech: noun)
Siward, at his desk, the May sunshine pouring over him, sat conning the heaps of typewritten sheets, striving to see between the lines some sign of fortune for his investments, some promise of release from the increasing financial stringency, some chance of justice being done on those high priests who had been performing marvellous tricks upon their altar so that by miracle, mine and thine spelled " ours," and all the tablets of the law were lettered upside down and hind- side before, like the Black Mass.- "The Fighting Chance", Robert W. Chambers.
In consequence of the stringency of this Regulation, it is my duty now to state to your Excellency that I am unable to accept the decoration which His Majesty the Emperor of Russia was pleased, through your Excellency, to offer to me.- "Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy", George Biddell Airy.
For me I have seen just this and no more, and have felt averse to forestall, to seem to forestall even by an hour, or a word, that stringency of the legal obligation from which there is in a certain sense no redemption.- "The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846", Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett.