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AUSTERE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does austere mean? 

AUSTERE (adjective)
  The adjective AUSTERE has 3 senses:

1. severely simple
2. of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
3. practicing great self-denial

  Familiarity information: AUSTERE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


AUSTERE (adjective)


Sense 1austere [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Severely simple

Synonyms:

austere; stark; severe; stern

Context example:

a stark interior

Similar:

plain (not elaborate or elaborated; simple)


Sense 2austere [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect

Synonyms:

stern; austere

Context examples:

an austere expression / a stern face

Similar:

nonindulgent; strict (characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint)


Sense 3austere [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Practicing great self-denial

Synonyms:

ascetic; ascetical; austere; spartan

Context examples:

Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it / a desert nomad's austere life / a spartan diet / a spartan existence

Similar:

abstemious (sparing in consumption of especially food and drink)


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