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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

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 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

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

Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a constant submission to it.
Alexander Herzen

Everyone says Oscar Wilde was a dandy, but he wasn't - he was an aesthete. He took pleasure in food and stuff like that. Dandyism is much more austere - much more Calvinistic, more neurotic - it oscillates between narcissism and neurosis.
Sebastian Horsley
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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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