austere (adj.)

  1. severely simple; a stark interior

    [ Syn: severe , stark , stern ]

  2. of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; an austere expression; a stern face

    [ Syn: stern ]

  3. practicing great self-denial; Be systematically for no other reason than that you would rather not do it- William James; a desert nomads austere life; a spartan diet; a spartan existence

    [ Syn: ascetic , ascetical , spartan ]

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