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used in Catch-22

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a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration


of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
  • Milo carefully said nothing when Major — de Coverley stepped into the mess hall with his fierce and austere dignity the day he returned and found his way blocked by a wall of officers waiting in line to sign loyalty oaths.
    Chapter 11 — Captain Black (80% in)
  • The woman had a long, brooding oval face of burnt umber, with coarse graying black hair parted severely in the middle and combed back austerely behind her neck without curl, wave or ornamentation.
    Chapter 18 — The Soldier Who Saw Everything Twice (76% in)
  • General Dreedle waited in austere silence until the car door slammed and then demanded, 'Which one is this?'
    Chapter 21 — General Dreedle (58% in)

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