Definition of austere :
1. Severe in modes of judging, or living, or acting; rigid; rigorous; stern; as, an austere man, look, life.
2. Sour and astringent; rough to the state; having acerbity; as, an austere crab apple; austere wine.
3. Unadorned; unembellished; severely simple.
inexorable, grave, desolate, utter, everlasting, perfect, crude, morose, thoroughgoing, unforgiving, terrible, wicked, knockout, attitude, life-threatening, serious, consummate, complete, grievous, unrelenting, unyielding, gross, unappeasable, study atsevere, sodding, hot, ascetical, nonindulgent, for bidding, double-dyed, staring, modest, unmitigated, stiff, barren, dangerous, hard, arrant
simple (part of speech: adjective)
pure (part of speech: adjective)
blameless, irreducible, chaste, angelic, primal, pure, aboriginal, immaculate, formative, primary, undiluted, purebred, basic, honorable, elementary, unadulterated, spotless, uncluttered, innocent, unsullied, undefiled, unblemished, essential, sinless, guiltless, simon-pure, stainless, monolithic, prime, nascent, faultless, bare, decent, stark, unadorned, white, unalloyed, virtuous, clean, basal, elemental, clear, atomic, untarnished, untainted, plain, indivisible, foundational, fundamental, simple
stingy (part of speech: adjective)
temperate (part of speech: adjective)
economical (part of speech: adjective)
severe (part of speech: adjective)
brusque, acute, obdurate, short, crisp, gruff, inflexible, rigorous, relentless, dour, stern, stringent, stiff-necked, blunt, acrimonious, authoritarian, intense, oppressive, critical, cutting, prudish, cool, disciplined, demanding, strait-laced, intolerant, harsh, keen, icy, rigid, hidebound, astringent, unbending, precise, severe, lean, curt, meticulous, censorious, spare, chilly, raw, exacting, brisk, grim, imperial, abrupt, obstinate, correct, strict, dry, tart, Draconian, bleak, piquant, uncompromising, frosty, Spartan, caustic, sharp, acerbic, puritanical
ascetic (part of speech: adjective)
- Henceforth his deity was to be Reason, a cold and austere goddess but a constant one. - "The Tempering", Charles Neville Buck.
- If virtuous and austere in his manners, he was thought to censure the court, and he was suspected. - "History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814", F. A. M. Miguet.
- The severe rigidity of that lovely face was a heritage from her father, whose stern, austere nature had left its impress upon her soul as well. - "The Northern Light", E. Werner.