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Princeton's WordNet

  1. austere, severe, stark, sternadjective

    severely simple

    "a stark interior"

  2. austere, sternadjective

    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect

    "an austere expression"; "a stern face"

  3. ascetic, ascetical, austere, spartanadjective

    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"


  1. austereadjective

    Grim or severe in manner or appearance

    The headmistress was an austere old woman.

  2. austereadjective

    Lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy

    The interior of the church was as austere as the parishioners were dour.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. AUSTEREadjective

    Etymology: austerus, Lat.

    When men represent the Divine nature, as an austere and rigorous master, always lifting up his hand to take vengeance; such conceptions must unavoidably raise terrour. John Rogers.

    Austere Saturnius, say,
    From whence this wrath? or who controuls thy sway? Alexander Pope.

    Th’ austere and pond’rous juices they sublime,
    Make them ascend the porous soil, and climb
    The orange-tree, the citron, and the lime. Richard Blackmore.

    Austere wines, diluted with water, cool more than water alone, and at the same time do not relax. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. Austere

    Austere is the debut single by Welsh alternative rock band The Joy Formidable. It was originally released in August 2008 on 7" vinyl on the Another Music=Another Kitchen label. The song and band gained much exposure when YouTube removed a fan-made music video. An official video was put together featuring the band playing pass the parcel. The single was re-released for their debut album The Big Roar and a new video was made, featuring the band performing the song. In a short review of the track The Times described it as "dreamy indie pop", and the track appeared on trailers for Channel 4's Skins.


  1. austere

    Austere refers to a strict, stern, or serious appearance or manner. It can also describe a lack of luxury or comfort, simplicity in style, or rigidity in self-discipline.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Austere

    sour and astringent; rough to the state; having acerbity; as, an austere crab apple; austere wine

  2. Austere

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

  3. Austere

    unadorned; unembellished; severely simple


  1. Austere

    Austere is the first release by the band Sparta, just one year after break-up of their former band At the Drive-In.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Austere

    aws-tēr′, adj. harsh: severe: stern: grave: sober: severe in self-discipline, strictly moral or abstinent: severely simple, without luxury.—adv. Austere′ly.—ns. Austere′ness, Auster′ity, quality of being austere: severity of manners or life: harshness: asceticism: severe simplicity of style, dress, or habits. [L. austerus—Gr. austērosau-ein, to dry.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of austere in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of austere in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of austere in a Sentence

  1. Ed Murray:

    Our goal is to replace our regressive tax system with a new formula for fairness, while ensuring Seattle stands up to President Trump's austere budget that cuts transportation, affordable housing, healthcare, and social services.

  2. Bertrand Russell:

    Mathematics, rightly viewed, posses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.

  3. Ambrose Bierce:

    The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.

  4. Oprah Winfrey:

    The role that she's taken on it's very austere, it's very sort of serious and I think there's a great weight that she has ... acquired through that and she takes it very seriously, i think it was the last moment probably that she could reflect sort of the other side to her ... the joy and the human within her.

  5. Vicente Sanchez:

    He should understand the risk, and that once he's elected, he doesn't owe it to himself, but to the country, he has too much desire to go down in history as an austere figure, close to the people.

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    lacking orderly continuity
    A squashy
    B reassuring
    C greedy
    D disjointed

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