A monks lifestyle might be called austere.
- An example of someone who might live an austere lifestyle is a monk.
- An example of someone who might have austere mannerisms is a recent widow.
- An example of someone who was austere is the character Nurse Ratched from Ken Kesey's novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
- having a severe or stern look, manner, etc.; forbidding
- showing strict self-discipline and self-denial; ascetic
- very plain; lacking ornament or luxury: austere surroundings
- Rare grave; sober
Origin of austereMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin austerus, harsh ; from Classical Greek aust?ros, dry, harsh ; from auein, to dry ; from auos, dry ; from Indo-European base an unverified form saus, dry from source sear
- Severe or stern in disposition or appearance; somber and grave: the austere figure of a Puritan minister.
- Strict or severe in discipline; ascetic: a desert nomad's austere life. See Synonyms at severe.
- Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare: an austere style.
Origin of austereMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin aust&emacron;rus, from Greek aust&emacron;ros.
(comparative austerer or more austere, superlative austerest or most austere)
From Old French austere, from Latin austērus (“dry, harsh, sour, tart”), from Ancient Greek αὐστηρός (austēros, “bitter, harsh”), having the specific meaning "making the tongue dry" (originally used of fruits, wines), related to αὔω (auō, “to singe”), αὖος (auos, “dry”).