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Definition of "austere" [aus•tere]

  • Severe or stern in disposition or appearance; somber and grave: the austere figure of a Puritan minister. (adjective)
  • Strict or severe in discipline; ascetic: a desert nomad's austere life. See Synonyms at severe. (adjective)
  • Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare: an austere style. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "austere" in a sentence
  • "“These guys bring a whole new level of meaning to the word austere.”"
  • "He is training with minimal food or water, in austere conditions, training day and night."
  • "But Hallendren did not reach this halcyon state without a struggle, a revolution that left those who rejected it living in austere exile in the mountain realm of Idris."