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English definition of “austere”

austere

adjective     /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 warPlain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiring plain and without decoration: The courtroom was a large, dark chamber, an austere place.Plain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiring very severe and unfriendly in manner: He was a tall, austere, forbidding figure.SevereNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviour austerely     /-li/ adverb Her dress was simple and austerely elegant.Plain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiringSevereNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviour
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