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austere

aus·tere

austere

 
pronunciation:
aw stir
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: being or looking very stern and serious.
The usually austere minister laughed loudly.
synonyms:
solemn
antonyms:
genial
similar words:
grave, rigid, serious, sober, stern
definition 2: having only what is needed; very simple or plain.
The austere room had little furniture.
synonyms:
modest, plain
antonyms:
lush, ornate
similar words:
humble, simple
derivations: austerely (adv.), austereness (n.)