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  • s  severely simple
  • s  of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
    an austere expression
  • s  practicing great self-denial
    a desert nomad's austere life

  • Despite her riches, she led a very austere life.
  • What is most memorable about the austere, white-walled villas that he built after World War I in and around Paris is their cool beauty and their airy sense of space.
  • Also on the estate is an austere farmhouse from which William Devereux Zantzinger, 24, runs one of the most prosperous tobacco operations in Charles County.
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  • 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
    June 11, 2013 - Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance
  • 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 ...
    June 10, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! News
  • 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.
    June 7, 2013 - Laramie Boomerang

  • Michelle Bachelet in The Associated Press
    When I first met him he caught my attention as a very intelligent person, very cultured and very austere,she said.
  • Pattie Boyd in Forbes
    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...
  • Jack Nicholson in Guardian Unlimited
    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...

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