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austere
used in In Cold Blood

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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
  • The room she so seldom left was austere; had the bed been made, a visitor might have thought it permanently unoccupied.
    1 — Last To See Them Alive (37% in)
austere = lacking luxury, comfort, or decoration
  • The pioneers who founded Garden City were necessarily a Spartan people, but when the time came to establish a formal cemetery, they were determined, despite arid soil and the troubles of transporting water, to create a rich contrast to the dusty streets, the austere plains.
    4 — The Corner (98% in)

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