austere

The adjective austere is used to describe something or someone stern or without any decoration. You wouldn't want someone to describe you or your home as austere.

Austere is not usually a positive word because it means that a person or a thing isn't pleasurable. For example, if you go on an austere diet, it's likely you wouldn't ever get to have candy. The adjective comes into English by way of French, Latin, and Greek, meaning "harsh" and "dry." It's pronounced as "o-stir," with an emphasis on the second syllable.

DEFINITIONS OF: austere

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adj of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect

“an austere expression”
Synonyms:
stern
nonindulgent, strict
characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint

adj practicing great self-denial

“a desert nomad's austere life”
Synonyms:
ascetic, ascetical, spartan
abstemious
sparing in consumption of especially food and drink

adj severely simple

Synonyms:
severe, stark, stern
plain
not elaborate or elaborated; simple
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