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austere

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The austere, plain chamber in which the monk lived reflected the strict nature of his holy vows. In his bare dwelling, the monk practiced the austere and stern disciplines of prayer, fasting, and chant. When visitors came to him for help his expression of welcome was in no way severe or austere, but rather warm and welcoming to all those in need who crossed his threshold.

Quiz: What does it mean when something is austere?

  • It is simple and without luxury, possibly too severe.
  • It is devoted to religious practices and ritual.
  • It is solitary and sets itself apart from other things.
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Austin Steers Wrong Way We were hoping that the austere and stern priest might steer Austin towards more serious pursuits, but Austin's fun-loving and partying way of life did not give way to the priest's somber and strict advice.

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  • The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling. — Ambrose Bierce Ambrose bierce
  • The move gave him an edge in hiring the best graduates of India’s technical universities, and helped infuse Sasken with an austere corporate culture. —Newsweek
  • Fletcher submitted an austere budget to the 2004 General Assembly and proposed a new tax code that demonstrated his faith in tax cuts as an economic stimulus. —USA Today
  • The long driveway ends in a motor court facing an austere garage and studio, a fortress-like facade softened by recessed stained-glass doors created by Judy Jensen that form the visual center and provide a splash of vivid color. —Los Angeles Times

Word Ingredients
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auster harsh, rough, bitter
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Austere rules and regulations can often be “harsh, rough, or bitter” for those who have to follow them.

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Buddhist Priests These Buddhist priests are undergoing austere training for a period of one-hundred days.
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Word Variants
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austerity n strict or severe discipline or economy