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Definition 1: practicing great self-denial - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where austere or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it
  • a desert nomad's austere life
  • a spartan diet
  • a spartan existence

Synonyms for austere in the sense of this definition

(austere is similar to ...) sparing in consumption of especially food and drink

"the pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one naturally abstemious"

Definition 2: of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where austere or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an austere expression
  • a stern face

Synonyms for austere in the sense of this definition

(austere is similar to ...) characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint

Definition 3: severely simple - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where austere or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a stark interior

Synonyms for austere in the sense of this definition

(austere is similar to ...) not elaborate or elaborated; simple

"plain food" "stuck to the plain facts" "a plain blue suit" "a plain rectangular brick building"

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