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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.

Synonyms:

life-threatening, everlasting, gross, grievous, Spartan, unforgiving, nonindulgent, grave, sodding, morose, staring, severe, hot, stark, abstemious, inexorable, terrible, double-dyed, for bidding, utter, perfect, wicked, crude, ascetic, unappeasable, stiff, hard, complete, consummate, thoroughgoing, desolate, arrant, modest, dangerous, study atsevere, plain, ascetical, unyielding, serious, unrelenting, attitude, knockout, stern, barren, unmitigated.

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