Origin of austere
Examples from the Web for austere
The cells are austere—essentially hardened trailers—that cost about $40,000 each to build.
The site is not unlike North Korea itself: austere and more than a little bit dated-looking.
Multi-story hotel towers stand stripped of any ornamentation, and seem almost Soviet in their austere and honest decay.
“It looks spare and austere, but we spent 1,000 hours creating these,” Snoeren said.
The designs were meant to be “stark” and “austere,” the designers said, and there were no straight seams in the creations.
"I have done with you, Herbert Jameson," he said, with austere dignity.
The morning after the incident between Lawrence and Claire there had been an austere reserve in the cabin.Claire|Leslie Burton Blades
And though Holbein knew the pinch of narrow means, he had no lack of good cheer as well as austere food in his art.Holbein|Beatrice Fortescue
Languedoc is the country of the latter luxury; and Languedoc is in the south of France—aptly termed 'the austere south.'
They both smiled at the thought of the austere Carrie in the midst of those rosy cushions, and hangings, and lamps.The Best Short Stories of 1917|Various
British Dictionary definitions for austere
Word Origin for austere
Word Origin and History for austere
early 14c., from Old French austere (Modern French austère) and directly from Latin austerus "dry, harsh, sour, tart," from Greek austeros "bitter, harsh," especially "making the tongue dry" (originally used of fruits, wines), metaphorically "austere, harsh," from PIE *saus- "dry" (cf. Greek auos "dry," auein "to dry"). Use in English is figurative: "stern, severe, very simple." Related: Austerely.