Definition of austere adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɒˈstɪə(r)//
    , BrE//ɔːˈstɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɔːˈstɪr//
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  1. 1simple and plain; without any decorations her austere bedroom with its simple narrow bed Their clothes were always austere. the austere simplicity of the building the lonely, austere beauty of his painting of a station in the snow
  2. 2(of a person) strict and serious in appearance and behaviour My father was a distant, austere man.
  3. 3allowing nothing that gives pleasure; not comfortable the monks’ austere way of life
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin austerus, from Greek austēros ‘severe’.
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