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Synonyms for austere
ɔˈstɪəraus·tere

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  1. austereadjective

    Grim or severe in manner or appearance

    The headmistress was an austere old woman.

    Synonyms:
    stern, forbidding, strict

  2. austereadjective

    Lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy

    The interior of the church was as austere as the parishioners were dour.

    Synonyms:
    simple, unadorned, plain, unembellished

    Antonyms:
    gaudy, flamboyant, extravagant, flashy, overwrought

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. austere

    That is severe which is devoid of all softness, mildness, tenderness, indulgence or levity, or (in literature and art) devoid of unnecessary ornament, amplification, or embellishment of any kind; as, a severe style; as said of anything painful, severe signifies such as heavily taxes endurance or resisting power; as, a severe pain, fever, or winter. Rigid signifies primarily stiff, resisting any effort to change its shape; a corpse is said to be rigid in death; hence, in metaphorical sense, a rigid person or character is one that resists all efforts to change the will or course of conduct; a rigid rule or statement is one that admits of no deviation. Rigorous is nearly akin to rigid, but is a stronger word, having reference to action or active qualities, as rigid does to state or character; a rigid rule may be rigorously enforced. Strict (Latin stringo, bind) signifies bound or stretched tight, tense, strenuously exact. Stern unites harshness and authority with strictness or severity; stern, as said even of inanimate objects, suggests something authoritative or forbidding. Austere signifies severely simple or temperate, strict in self-restraint or discipline, and similarly unrelenting toward others. We speak of austere morality, rigid rules, rigorous discipline, stern commands, severe punishment, harsh speech or a harsh voice, hard requirements, strict injunctions, and strict obedience. Strict discipline holds one exactly and unflinchingly to the rule; rigorous discipline punishes severely any infraction of it. The austere character is seldom lovely, but it is always strong and may be grand, commanding, and estimable.

    Synonyms:
    hard, harsh, inexorable, inflexible, morose, relentless, rigid, rigorous, severe, stern, stiff, strict, uncompromising, unmitigated, unrelenting, unyielding

    Antonyms:
    affable, bland, easy, genial, gentle, indulgent, lenient, mild, pliable, soft, sweet, tender, tractable, yielding

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. austere

    Synonyms:
    hard, rigid, stern, severe, morose, unrelenting, unyielding, strict, rigorous, harsh, sour, relentless

    Antonyms:
    mild, affable, kindly, tender, feeling, bland, indulgent, genial

Princeton's WordNet

  1. austere, severe, stark, sternadjective

    severely simple

    "a stark interior"

    Synonyms:
    life-threatening, perfect(a), consummate(a), unadulterated, double-dyed(a), serious, ascetic, bare, arrant(a), stark, severe, desolate, staring(a), unrelenting, stern, grievous, sodding(a), unappeasable, grave, everlasting(a), crude(a), dangerous, wicked, complete(a), hard, gross(a), terrible, stark(a), pure(a), relentless, barren, unforgiving, blunt, grim, bleak, inexorable, exacting, thoroughgoing(a), strict, ascetical, utter(a), spartan, knockout

    Antonyms:
    fancy, indulgent, gluttonous

  2. austere, sternadjective

    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect

    "an austere expression"; "a stern face"

    Synonyms:
    exacting, stark, spartan, severe, unrelenting, strict, inexorable, ascetical, unappeasable, relentless, stern, ascetic, grim, unforgiving

    Antonyms:
    gluttonous, fancy, indulgent

  3. ascetic, ascetical, austere, spartanadjective

    practicing great self-denial

    "Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it"- William James; "a desert nomad's austere life"; "a spartan diet"; "a spartan existence"

    Synonyms:
    stark, severe, ascetic, ascetical, stern, spartan

    Antonyms:
    gluttonous, fancy, indulgent

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. austereadjective

    Synonyms:
    rough (to the taste), sour and astringent

  2. austereadjective

    Synonyms:
    severe, rigid, strict, formal, stiff, rigorous, harsh, stern, difficult, hard, uncompromising, unrelenting, relentless, ascetic, straight-laced

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "austere":

    joyless, stoic, rudimentary, frugal, stark, sober

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How to use austere in a sentence?

  1. Oprah Winfrey:

    The role that she's taken on it's very austere, it's very sort of serious and I think there's a great weight that she has ... acquired through that and she takes it very seriously, i think it was the last moment probably that she could reflect sort of the other side to her ... the joy and the human within her.

  2. Lpez Obrador:

    Its going to resolve the problem of saturation at the current Mexico City airport , but also be an example of how you can carry out a rational, austere policy based on honesty that needs to establish itself as the way to live and the way to govern in our country.

  3. Vicente Sanchez:

    He should understand the risk, and that once he's elected, he doesn't owe it to himself, but to the country, he has too much desire to go down in history as an austere figure, close to the people.

  4. Bertrand Russell:

    Mathematics, rightly viewed, posses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.

  5. Ambrose Bierce:

    The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.


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