austere

See also: austère and austerē

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EtymologyEdit

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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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

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EtymologyEdit

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Perhaps related to Ancient Greek ὄστρεον ‎(óstreon).

PronunciationEdit

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austere f (5th declension)

  1. oyster (certain edible bivalve mollusks of the order Ostreoida)
    austeru zvejaoyster fishing
    rīt austeres — to swallow oysters
    austeru lasītāji un lasītājas tur brida kailām kājām — male and female oyster collectors were wading there (= in shallow water) barefoot

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Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Latin austērus.

AdjectiveEdit

austere m, f ‎(plural austeres)

  1. austere; severe

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Latin austērus.

AdjectiveEdit

austere m, f

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