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- 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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