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austere
used in Atlas Shrugged

25 uses
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Definition
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
  • His face was hard; it had an expression of severity, an inner severity directed at himself; it looked austere and lonely.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (57% in)
austere = without comfort or luxury
  • Her exquisite profile belonged to a cameo of the same period: its pure, proud lines and the lustrous, light brown waves of her hair, worn with classical simplicity, suggested an austere, imperial beauty.
    1.2 Part 1 Chapter 2 — The Chain (42% in)
  • It was Lillian's austerity that attracted him-the conflict between her austerity and her behavior.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (91% in)
  • It was Lillian's austerity that attracted him-the conflict between her austerity and her behavior.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (91% in)
  • But nothing had been allowed to come too close and detract from the building's austerity.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (42% in)
  • Your gray suit and your open collar .... you look so young, so austere, so sure of yourself ....
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (78% in)
  • When she tore her mouth away from him, she was laughing soundlessly, in triumph, as if saying: Hank Rearden-the austere, unapproachable Hank Rearden of the monk like office, the business conferences, the harsh bargains-do you remember them now?
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (96% in)
  • She stood straight, her arms at her sides, her face austere, as if in unflinching endurance; she stood under the praise as under a lashing of insults.
    1.9 Part 1 Chapter 9 — The Sacred and the Profane (40% in)
  • She looked at the angular tiers of lights rising through the snowy curtain, and-glancing at him, at the grip of his gloved hands on the wheel, at the austere, fastidious elegance of the figure in black overcoat and white muffler-she thought that he belonged in a great city, among polished sidewalks and sculptured stone.
    2.1 Part 2 Chapter 1 — The Man Who Belonged on Earth (77% in)
  • Now she wore a gray evening gown that seemed indecent, because it looked austerely modest, so modest that it vanished from one's awareness and left one too aware of the slender body it pretended to cover.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (40% in)
  • "Watch," said Francisco austerely, turning to Rearden.
    2.2 Part 2 Chapter 2 — The Aristocracy of Pull (98% in)
  • -thought Rearden, and knew that the austerity of the marble face was the form of a disciplined capacity to feel too deeply.
    2.7 Part 2 Chapter 7 — The Moratorium on Brains (35% in)
  • Above it, cut in the granite, as the only feature of the building's rectangular austerity, there stood an inscription: I SWEAR BY MY LIFE AND MY LOVE OF IT THAT I WILL NEVER LIVE FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER MAN, NOR ASK ANOTHER MAN TO LIVE FOR MINE.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (57% in)
  • The austerity of Judge Narragansett's white-haired figure reminded her that she had once heard him described as a marble statue-a blindfolded marble statue; it was the kind of figure that had vanished from the courtrooms of the country when the gold coins had vanished from the country's hands.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (64% in)
  • Dr. Stadler leaned back a little, his face austere and scornful, the face of the nation's greatest scientist, and asked, "Who invented that ghastly thing?
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (19% in)
  • He spoke about discipline, unity, austerity and the patriotic duty of bearing temporary hardships.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (24% in)
  • She felt certain that he recognized her and she held his glance austerely for an instant.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (81% in)
  • He told her the whole story, quietly, impersonally, pronouncing no verdict, expressing no opinion, never encroaching on her emotions by any sign of concern for them, speaking with the shining austerity and the awesome power of facts.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (37% in)
  • He remembered the austerely pitiless respect he had felt for his contract of marriage, for all his contracts and all his legal obligations-and he saw what sort of legality his scrupulous observance was expected to serve.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (44% in)
  • Ma's freight cars were in California, where the soybeans had been sent to a progressive concern made up of sociologists preaching the cult of Oriental austerity, and of businessmen formerly in the numbers racket.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (64% in)
  • On the steps of the pedestal, under the statue of the austere, exultant figure, a ragged bum sat slumped in passive resignation, like a wing-plucked bird with no place to go, resting on any chance cornice.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (99% in)
  • -she cried to herself in defense of the greatness she had loved; then she faced with unmoving austerity the verdict pronounced by her mind: a city that had left him in these slums for twelve years was damned and doomed to the future of Starnesville.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (34% in)
  • Galt's voice had the same unbending austerity as his eyes: "You have said everything I wanted to say to you.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (87% in)
  • Galt was watching them; his glance was too austerely perceptive.
    3.9 Part 3 Chapter 9 — The Generator (99% in)
  • His face had that look of austerity with which she had always seen him meet facts.
    3.10 Part 3 Chapter 10 — In the Name of the Best Among Us (52% in)

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