What is the meaning of austere?


  • Severely simple.
    • usage: "a stark interior"
  • Of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect.
    • usage: "an austere expression"; "a stern face"
  • Practicing great self-denial.
    • usage: "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"
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