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austereadjective

 us   /ɔˈstɪər/
plain and without ​decoration, ​comforts, or anything ​extra: Despite ​theirwealth, they ​lead an austere ​life. She ​depicts the austere ​beauty of the ​desert.
An austere ​person does not ​seemfriendly.
(Definition of austere from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"austere" in British English

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austereadjective

uk   /ɔːˈstɪər/  us   /ɑːˈstɪr/
very ​simple and without ​comfort or ​unnecessary things, ​especially because of ​severelimits on ​money or ​goods: an austere ​childhood during the ​war
plain and without ​decoration: The ​courtroom was a ​large, ​darkchamber, an austere ​place.
very ​severe and ​unfriendly in ​manner: He was a ​tall, austere, ​forbiddingfigure.
austerely
adverb uk   /ɔːˈstɪə.li/  us   /ɑːˈstɪr.li/
Her ​dress was ​simple and austerely ​elegant.
(Definition of austere from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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