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Definition of Austere

Austere

  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.
  3. Unadorned; unembellished; severely simple.

Austere Quotations

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

In the early days of Christianity the exercise of chastity was frequently combined with a close and romantic intimacy of affection between the sexes which shocked austere moralists.
Havelock Ellis

My apartment reflects my views as an architect. It is minimal, austere. The architecture doesn't impose itself upon you. The apartment is a stage for other things to take place.
Bernard Tschumi

Liberty is a great celestial Goddess, strong, beneficent, and austere, and she can never descend upon a nation by the shouting of crowds, nor by arguments of unbridled passion, nor by the hatred of class against class.
Annie Besant

In masks outrageous and austere, The years go by in single file; But none has merited my fear, And none has quite escaped my smile.
Elinor Wylie
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Austere Translations

austere in German is entsagend, ernst
austere in Italian is solido, severo
austere in Spanish is austero
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