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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.
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Noun1.austereness - extreme plainnessaustereness - extreme plainness      
plainness - the appearance of being plain and unpretentious
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/ My unsoiled name, th' austereness of my life, / My vouch against you, and my place i' th' state / Will so your accusation overweigh / That you shall stifle in your own report, / And smell of calumny.
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The past two centuries have revealed many contradistinctions attributed to the faith--its schisms, its infinite sects and heresies, its idealisms and fanaticisms, its charities and despoliations, its austereness and effusiveness, its spiritual asceticism and temporal power--that are perpetually juxtaposed throughout the pages of human history.