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From Old French, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] austerus (“‘dry, harsh, sour, tart’”), from Greek αὐστηρός (austēros), “‘bitter, harsh’”), especially “‘making the tongue dry’” (originally used of fruits, wines), related to αὔω (auō), “‘to singe’”), αὖος (auos), “‘dry’”).
Adjectiveaustere (comparative auster, superlative er)
- grim or severe in manner or appearance; stern; strict
- lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy
- The interior of the church was as austere as the parishioners were dour.
- Feminine form of austero.
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