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Even those accustomed to the austere beauty of mathematics

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Even those accustomed to the austere beauty of mathematics may be daunted by the __________ with which Bourbaki conducts his proofs.
A. celerity
B. diligence
C. alacrity
D. asperity
E. inscrutability
F. rigor


[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
Asperity, rigor

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Re: Even those accustomed to the austere beauty of mathematics [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2017, 15:59
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Even implies that the word is stronger than austere, though similar to that word. The word names something in Bourbaki’s proof that daunts or intimidates. You might anticipate something like “great difficulty.” Asperity means “severity,” which will work (it especially suggests a rough or harsh surface).
Rigor is an even closer synonym to “austerity.”

Hence options asperity, rigor are correct!
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