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austere

See also: austère

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French austere, from Latin austērus (dry, harsh, sour, tart), from Ancient Greek αὐστηρός (austērós, bitter, harsh), having the specific meaning "making the tongue dry" (originally used of fruits, wines), related to αὔω (aúō, to singe), αὖος (aûos, dry).

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AdjectiveEdit

austere (comparative austerer or more austere, superlative austerest or most austere)

  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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ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

austere f pl

  1. feminine plural of austero

LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

austēre

  1. vocative masculine singular of austērus

LatvianEdit

NounEdit

austere f (??? please provide the declension type!)

  1. oyster

Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Latin austērus.

AdjectiveEdit

austere m, f (plural austeres)

  1. austere; severe

Old FrenchEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Latin austērus.

AdjectiveEdit

austere m, f

  1. (of a flavor) acrid; bitter
  2. austere; severe