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austere (adj) very simple and undecorated (of places); stern and severe (in appearance); without comforts (way of life).

A house or any living place which is very simple and undecorated is said to be austere. A simple and plain living place which has little or no furniture is austere. The great statesman's home was austere; that is, he lived in a simple home. An austere person is one who lives a simple life, and is strict and serious. Such persons are rather unapproachable too. If a person lives a very simple life with the minimum comforts, their way of living is austere.

  • My father and his brother are exact opposites. While my father is austere, his brother takes things easy and loves to live in luxury.
  • Having lived an austere life for decades, Jerry took time to adjust to living in the luxurious mansion he suddenly inherited from his uncle.
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