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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]


Severely simple


austere; stark; severe; stern

Context example:

a stark interior


plain (not elaborate or elaborated; simple)

Sense 2austere [BACK TO TOP]


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


stern; austere

Context examples:

an austere expression / a stern face


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

Sense 3austere [BACK TO TOP]


Practicing great self-denial


ascetic; ascetical; austere; spartan

Context examples:

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


abstemious (sparing in consumption of especially food and drink)

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