Definition of austere adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    austere

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ɔˈstɪr//
     
     
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  1. 1simple and plain; without any decorations her austere bedroom with its simple narrow bed Their clothes were always austere.
  2. 2(of a person) strict and serious in appearance and behavior My father was a distant, austere man.
  3. 3allowing nothing that gives pleasure; not comfortable the monks' austere way of life
austerelyadverb
 
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