austere | austerity

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plain, strict, or serious

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austere - plain

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The meaning of the word ‘austere’ as seen above can be adapted for various uses. It can be used to refer to a person who exhibits those traits, a strict way of life, something basic and lacking in comfort, or to express a severe limit on money or goods. The term is not necessarily always a negative; for example an austere diet may be good for you, but it never connotes something pleasurable.

Synonyms severe
Antonyms extravagant

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  1. The accommodation was clean, but quite austere. I would have preferred to stay somewhere more comfortable.

  2. My grandfather was an austere man who rarely laughed and never joked.

  3. After the financial crash, society was reduced to a state of austerity for a number of years.

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