Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Middle English via Old French from Latin austerus, from Greek austēros ‘severe’
Synonyms
    1.
  • genial
    2.
  • severe
  • stern
  • strict
  • harsh
  • unfeeling
  • serious
Antonyms
    1.
  • immoderate
    2.
  • moderate
  • temperate
  • frugal
  • simple
  • sober
Definition
1. (of living conditions or a way of life) having no comforts or luxuries; harsh or ascetic
2. severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance
Examples
1. A) The austere conditions of the prison made us want to petition on behalf of the prisoners. B) The nuns never complained about the austere environment of the convent.
2. A) We knew we were in for a long school year when we saw our austere teacher on the first day. B) Joe's austere mother barely gave him any social freedoms.
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