austere austere  /ɔ ˈstɪr/


  1. (adj) severely simple
  2. (adj) of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
  3. (adj) practicing great self-denial

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  • Despite her riches, she led a very austere life.


  1. Europe Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Market Analysed in New Topical VPG Report Available at

    Over the coming period, more austere regulatory frameworks, ongoing progressive developments in molecular diagnostic technologies, automation, system engineering, and IT; as well a
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Afghan group accuses police of significant violence against women

    By Miriam Arghandiwal KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's human rights commission has accused the police of a significant amount of violence against women, saying it threatened to undermine public trust in the security forces as they prepare to take full charge of the country. Though Afghan women have made gains since the collapse of the austere Taliban regime in 2001, violence against them remains ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Boehner protests Obama veto threats on budget

    White House veto threats against legislation that implements spending cuts in the austere GOP budget plan are "reckless" and would lead to a government shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: Laramie Boomerang


  1. "When I first met him he caught my attention as a very intelligent person, very cultured and very austere," she said.
    on Jun 17, 2010 By: Michelle Bachelet Source: The Associated Press

  2. "My parents behaved in the way they'd been treated as children themselves, which was very austere - children were seen and not really spoken to," said Boyd, who still cuts a glamorous figure, from her shiny black boots to her blond hair and...
    on Oct 13, 2007 By: Pattie Boyd Source: Forbes

  3. "In the empty, silent spaces of the world, he has found metaphors that illuminate the silent places our hearts, and found in them, too, a strange and terrible beauty: austere, elegant, enigmatic, haunting," Jack Nicholson said in presenting...
    on Jul 31, 2007 By: Jack Nicholson Source: Guardian Unlimited

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