austere
Pronunciation
  • (RP): IPA: /ɒstɪə(ɹ)/, /ɔːstɪə(ɹ)/
  • (America)
    • (GA) IPA: /ɔˈstiɹ/, enPR: ôstēr′
    • (cot-caught, northern cities vowel shift): IPA: /ɑˈstiɹ/
Adjective

austere (comparative austerer, superlative austerest)

  1. Grim or severe in manner or appearance
    The headmistress was an austere old woman.
  2. Lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy
    The interior of the church was as austere as the parishioners were dour.
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