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austere


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Austere  \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. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  Unadorned;  unembellished;  severely  simple. 
 
  Syn:  Harsh;  sour;  rough;  rigid;  stern;  severe;  rigorous; 
  strict. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  austere 
  adj  1:  severely  simple;  "a  stark  interior"  [syn:  {severe},  {stark}] 
  2:  of  a  stern  or  strict  bearing  or  demeanor;  forbidding  in 
  aspect;  "an  austere  expression";  "a  stern  face"  [syn:  {stern}] 
  3:  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" 
  [syn:  {ascetic},  {ascetical},  {spartan}] 




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