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Definition a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration


of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
  • He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
  • While most kids are partying at college, she practiced austerity during her college years.
  • austerity = stern self-denial with an absence of luxury
  • A smile broke through her normal austere expression.
  • Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.
    Bertrand Russell
  • A barely furnished man's room, comfortable, austere, scholarly.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Yellow Crayon
  • Of him I had only heard that he was a very austere and pious person, always at Mass, and that sort of thing.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Arrow of Gold
  • Monterrey was a city devoid of material comforts, so it was good that he had chosen a vocation that rewarded austerity.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • austerity = self-denial (of luxury and comfort)
  • His sermon was a forthright denunciation of sin, an austere declaration of the motto on the wall behind him: [God Is Love]
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • austere = stern and lacking comfort
  • In Kabul, I had followed news about the rounds of austerity measures.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • austerity = a government policy in which significantly less money is spent than normal (resulting in a lack of comfort)
  • The dispassionate mathematical laws of physics seem austere and impersonal, like a star or the moon.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • austere = stern (strict — without consideration for human feelings)
  • It might be partly owing to the studied austerity of her dress,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • austerity = a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration
  • In an era of fiscal austerity in Peru, they had managed to get the government to put up the money for...
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • austerity = government spending less money than normal
  • He knew that Jeremiah de Saint-Amour lived in primitive austerity and that he earned much more with his art than he needed,
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • austerity = a manner that lacks luxury, comfort, or anything beyond minimum requirements
  • She felt nothing as she stared up at her father, whose face hovered against the dark sky like the moon: white, austere, pitted with black eyes like meteor craters.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • austere = stern (offering no comfort)
  • McCandless was stirred by the austerity of this landscape,
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • austerity = a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration
  • The immensely popular Ahmad Zahir had revolutionized Afghan music and outraged the purists by adding electric guitars, drums, and horns to the traditional tabla and harmonium; on stage or at parties, he shirked the austere and nearly morose stance of older singers and actually smiled when he sang—sometimes even at women.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • austere = very serious or stern
  • this austere insociable life
    William Shakespeare  --  Love's Labour's Lost
  • austere = a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration
  • The same family portraits glared down at her, but now they seemed smug rather than austere.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • austere = stern (serious, strict, and expecting perfect discipline)
  • ...she sang, to herself at first, something without particular tune or words, repetitive, mournful and plaintive, austere,
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • austere = plain (without elaboration or decoration)
  • Nevertheless, his brow was armed with a severity more austere than ever.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
austere = stern (strict and unforgiving)

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