Definitions for (adjective) austere

Main entry: ascetic, ascetical, austere, spartan

Definition: practicing great self-denial

Usage: Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it- William James; a desert nomad's austere life; a spartan diet; a spartan existence


Main entry: stern, austere

Definition: of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect

Usage: an austere expression; a stern face


Main entry: stern, austere, stark, severe

Definition: severely simple

Usage: a stark interior