Austere

Definition of Austere

Aus`tere´
1.Sour and astringent; rough to the state; having acerbity; as, an austere crab apple; austere wine.
2.Severe in modes of judging, or living, or acting; rigid; rigorous; stern; as, an austere man, look, life.
From whom the austere Etrurian virtue rose.
- Dryden.
3.Unadorned; unembellished; severely simple.

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