Definition of austere
- an austere office
- an austere style of writing
- austere diets
They choose austere furnishings for the office.
He was known for his austere style of writing.
They lived an austere life in the country.
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: simple or plain : not fancy
of a person : having a serious and unfriendly quality
: having few pleasures : simple and harsh
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