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December 16, 2007

Sunday, 16th December 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : aw-ste-ar

1. plain and simple, without luxury or self-indulgence

2. severely plain in design or lines, without distractions or decoration

3. grimly unsmiling, humorless, or suggesting strict self-denial

4. imposing or suggesting physical hardship

5. sparing in consumption of especially food and drink

6. practicing great self-denial


1300�50; ME - L - aust�rus - Gk aust�r�s harsh, rough, bitter


serious, grim, severe, unsmiling, harsh, ascetic, rigid, somber, stark, severe, simple, basic, sparse, Spartan, harsh, plain, bare, simple, clean, undecorated, unembellished, unadorned


gentle, comfortable, ornate, bright, cherry, frivolous, sunny, warm

Contextual Examples:

� We lived an austere life on the frontier.

� "It is very true," said the Poodle, with austere dignity, "that I am small, but, Sir, I beg to observe that I am all dog.

Related Words :

1. austerely: Adverb

2. austereness: Noun

3. austerity: Noun

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