adjective (austerer, austerest)
- 1Severe or strict in manner or attitude: he was an austere man, with a rigidly puritanical outlookMore example sentences
severe, stern, strict, harsh, unfeeling, stony, steely, flinty, dour, grim, cold, frosty, frigid, icy, chilly, unemotional, unfriendly, formal, stiff, stuffy, reserved, remote, distant, aloof, forbidding, grave, solemn, serious, unsmiling, unsympathetic, unforgiving, uncharitable; hard, rigorous, stringent, unyielding, unbending, unrelenting, inflexible, illiberal, no-nonsense• informal hard-boiled, hard-nosedAustralian/New Zealand • informal solid
- He was faulted for refusing to delegate and for favouring incompetent friends, while his austere and overbearing manner led to clashes with state governors and military commanders.
- But I must warn you, once we get past the hallway and into the room, the occupants are rather strict and austere.
- Peter expected high standards, but his sometimes austere manner veiled a deep concern for people and an insight into the human condition.
- 1.1(Of living conditions or a way of life) having no comforts or luxuries: conditions in the prison could hardly be more austereMore example sentences
- I have lived and worked in austere conditions, lifted and carried heavy equipment and never hesitated to assist in the effort to help the enemy die for their country.
- The squadron face austere conditions in the desert, living under canvas.
- Creatures that occupy the Sonoran Desert have evolved over time to survive under notoriously austere conditions.
- 1.2Having a plain and unadorned appearance: the cathedral is impressive in its austere simplicityMore example sentences
- The interior is breathtakingly austere in appearance; simple but effective use of lighting creates the appropriate atmosphere.
- At the moment I am considering making my website very austere and plain… you know, seeing that the prints themselves have enough to say without having to compete with the graphics, or something.
- All of this is presented in a style that is both austere and beautiful - plain as can be, yet suffused with an appreciation for artifice as a way of survival.
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- His early works are romantic treatments of subjects from Ovid and Tasso; later he developed an austerely classical style.
- It is austerely modernist, making little concession to either plot or character, more like a fictive sculpture than a story, an obsessively repeated series of patterns.
- His status among the people was consolidated by his lifestyle - he lived austerely, and never married.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin austerus, from Greek austēros 'severe'.