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Meaning of AUSTERE

Pronunciation:  o'steer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  practicing great self-denial; "Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it"- William James; "a desert nomad's austere life"; "a spartan diet"; "a spartan existence"
  2. [adj]  of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; "an austere expression"; "a stern face"
  3. [adj]  severely simple; "a stark interior"

AUSTERE is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: abstemious, ascetic, ascetical, nonindulgent, plain, severe, spartan, stark, stern



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Aus*tere"\, [F. aust[`e]re, L. austerus, fr. Gr. ?, fr.
? to parch, dry. Cf. {Sear}.]
1. Sour and astringent; rough to the state; having acerbity;
   as, an austere crab apple; austere wine.

2. Severe in modes of judging, or living, or acting; rigid;
   rigorous; stern; as, an austere man, look, life.

         From whom the austere Etrurian virtue rose.

3. Unadorned; unembellished; severely simple.

Syn: Harsh; sour; rough; rigid; stern; severe; rigorous;

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