austere


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aus·tere

 (ô-stîr′)
adj. aus·ter·er, aus·ter·est
1. Severe or stern in disposition or appearance; somber and grave: the austere figure of a Puritan minister.
2. Strict or severe in discipline; ascetic: a desert nomad's austere life. See Synonyms at severe.
3. Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare: an austere style.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin austērus, from Greek austēros.]

aus·tere′ly adv.
aus·tere′ness n.

austere

(ɒˈstɪə)
adj
1. stern or severe in attitude or manner: an austere schoolmaster.
2. grave, sober, or serious: an austere expression.
3. self-disciplined, abstemious, or ascetic: an austere life.
4. severely simple or plain: an austere design.
[C14: from Old French austère, from Latin austērus sour, from Greek austēros astringent; related to Greek hauein to dry]
ausˈterely adv
ausˈtereness n

aus•tere

(ɔˈstɪər)

adj.
1. severe in manner or appearance; strict; forbidding.
2. rigorously self-disciplined and severely moral; ascetic; abstinent.
3. without excess, luxury, or ease: an austere life.
4. without ornament or adornment; severely simple: austere writing.
5. lacking softness.
[1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin austērus < Greek austērós harsh, rough, bitter]
aus•tere′ly, adv.
aus•tere′ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.austere - severely simpleaustere - severely simple; "a stark interior"
plain - not elaborate or elaborated; simple; "plain food"; "stuck to the plain facts"; "a plain blue suit"; "a plain rectangular brick building"
2.austere - of a stern or strict bearing or demeanoraustere - of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; "an austere expression"; "a stern face"
nonindulgent, strict - characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint
3.austere - practicing great self-denialaustere - practicing great self-denial; "Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it"- William James; "a desert nomad's austere life"; "a spartan diet"; "a spartan existence"
abstemious - sparing in consumption of especially food and drink; "the pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one naturally abstemious"- John Galsworthy

austere

adjective

austere

adjective
Cold and forbidding:
Translations
مُتَقَشِّف، بَسيط جِداً
prostý
beskedenenkel
strangur
griežtasgriežtumas
askētisksatturīgs
gösterişsizsadeyalın

austere

[ɒsˈtiːəʳ] ADJ [person, manner, life] → austero, severo

austere

[ɔːˈstɪər] adj [times, life, conditions] → austère; [beauty, style, approach] → austère

austere

adjstreng; way of life alsoasketisch, entsagend; style alsoschmucklos; roomschmucklos, karg

austere

[ɒsˈtɪəʳ] adjaustero/a

austere

(oːˈstiə) adjective
severely simple and plain; without luxuries or unnecessary expenditure. an austere way of life.
auˈsterity (-ˈste-) noun
References in classic literature ?
Casting off at once the grave and austere demeanor of an Indian chief, Chingachgook commenced speaking to his son in the soft and playful tones of affection.
said Hepzibah, with a scowl of austere approbation.
It was a dreadfully austere inquiry, but levity was not our note, and, at any rate, before the gray dawn admonished us to separate I had got my answer.
And for Radney, though in his infancy he may have laid him down on the lone Nantucket beach, to nurse at his maternal sea; though in after life he had long followed our austere Atlantic and your contemplative Pacific; yet was he quite as vengeful and full of social quarrel as the backwoods seaman, fresh from the latitudes of buck-horn handled Bowie-knives.
She bent an austere eye on him and added, "En you IS gwine to behave--does you know dat?
Go back and see if you have shut the door tight, and then lock it," said Miss Miranda, in her usual austere manner.
Don't trouble yourself to answer--I see you laugh rarely; but you can laugh very merrily: believe me, you are not naturally austere, any more than I am naturally vicious.
And we all, including the rustic youth, drew round the table: an austere silence prevailing while we discussed our meal.
The coachman's austere countenance relaxed for the first time.
The gloomy taint that was in the Murdstone blood, darkened the Murdstone religion, which was austere and wrathful.
His majesty, a prince of much gravity and austere countenance, not well observing my shape at first view, asked the queen after a cold manner "how long it was since she grew fond of a SPLACNUCK?
So he said to him, "It seems to me, Senor Knight-errant, that your worship has made choice of one of the most austere professions in the world, and I imagine even that of the Carthusian monks is not so austere.