Synonyms for (adjective) austere

Synonyms: 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

Similar words: abstemious

Definition: sparing in consumption of especially food and drink

Usage: the pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one naturally abstemious- John Galsworthy


Synonyms: stern, austere

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

Usage: an austere expression; a stern face

Similar words: nonindulgent, strict

Definition: characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint


Synonyms: stern, austere, stark, severe

Definition: severely simple

Usage: a stark interior

Similar words: plain

Definition: not elaborate or elaborated; simple

Usage: plain food; stuck to the plain facts; a plain blue suit; a plain rectangular brick building