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austere

adjective uk   /ɔːˈstɪər/ us    /ɑːˈstɪr/
very simple and without comfort or unnecessary things, especially because of severe limits on money or goods: an austere childhood during the war plain and without decoration: The courtroom was a large, dark chamber, an austere place. very severe and unfriendly in manner: He was a tall, austere, forbidding figure.
austerely
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Her dress was simple and austerely elegant.
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