A desert nomad's austere life.
An austere style.
The austere figure of a Puritan minister.
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.
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Origin of austere
- Middle English from Old French from Latin austērus from Greek austēros
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).