Aus*tere" (?), [F. austere, L. austerus, fr. Gr. , fr. to parch, dry. Cf. Sear.]


Sour and astringent; rough to the state; having acerbity; as, an austere crab apple; austere wine.


Severe in modes of judging, or living, or acting; rigid; rigorous; stern; as, an austere man, look, life.

From whom the austere Etrurian virtue rose. Dryden.


Unadorned; unembellished; severely simple.

Syn. -- Harsh; sour; rough; rigid; stern; severe; rigorous; strict.


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