Definition of austere in English:


Line breaks: aus|tere
Pronunciation: /ɒˈstɪə
, ɔːˈstɪə

adjective (austerer, austerest)



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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'.

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