- severe in manner or appearance; uncompromising; strict; forbidding: an austere teacher.
- rigorously self-disciplined and severely moral; ascetic; abstinent: the austere quality of life in the convent.
- grave; sober; solemn; serious: an austere manner.
- without excess, luxury, or ease; simple; limited; severe: an austere life.
- severely simple; without ornament: austere writing.
- lacking softness; hard: an austere bed of straw.
- rough to the taste; sour or harsh in flavor.
Origin of austere
Antonyms for austere
Examples from the Web for austerely
Historical Examples of austerely
“I somehow had not thought of you, Miss Dumont, as so austerely inclined,” he said.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
"No one would be too young for that," said Ludlow, austerely, with his eyes on the sketch.The Coast of Bohemia
William Dean Howells
“Is that the way you treat such a—an abominable——” began Miss Grey austerely.Sport Royal
Mr. Baldwin very quickly and austerely replied, "I do, sir; I do."A String of Pearls
“Thanks,” said Bob austerely, as Mike returned the ball to him.Mike
P. G. Wodehouse
- stern or severe in attitude or manneran austere schoolmaster
- grave, sober, or seriousan austere expression
- self-disciplined, abstemious, or ascetican austere life
- severely simple or plainan austere design
Word Origin 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.