Austere meaning

ô-stîr
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Strict or severe in discipline; ascetic.

A desert nomad's austere life.

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Having a severe or stern look, manner, etc.; forbidding.
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Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare.

An austere style.

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Severe or stern in disposition or appearance; somber and grave.

The austere figure of a Puritan minister.

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Showing strict self-discipline and self-denial; ascetic.
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The definition of austere is someone or something that is minimalistic, something that is very somber or someone inflexible or extreme.

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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Very plain; lacking ornament or luxury.

Austere surroundings.

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(rare) Grave; sober.
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Grim or severe in manner or appearance.

The headmistress was an austere old woman.

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Lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy.

The interior of the church was as austere as the parishioners were dour.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
austere
Comparative
austerest
Superlative
austerest

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”).

    From Wiktionary