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 - austérus - Gk austérós 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
• 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.
1. austerely: Adverb
2. austereness: Noun
3. austerity: Noun
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