from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an austere manner; severely; rigidly; harshly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Severely; rigidly; sternly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In an austere manner; severely; rigidly; sternly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in an austere fashion


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austere +‎ -ly


  • The staging, by Louis Tyrrell, is finely conceived and executed, and Kent Goetz has designed the "austerely furnished" apartment specified by Mr. Hollinger with perfect taste.

    Her Master's Voice From the Other Side

  • The men who have become gods will pose austerely before the popping flashbulbs of news photographs, and there will be few to consider -- so deep is the mind-set of an age -- whether the desire to link life to matter may not have blinded us to the more remarkable characteristics of both.

    Robert Lanza, M.D.: Why Does Life Exist?

  • Ten days ago, after his team had successfully negotiated the qualifying round of the Champions League, the tall, austerely angular Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, complained about the public's pretensions to expertise.

    Arsène Wenger: the blinkered visionary | Observer profile

  • Mr. Egremont grants us glimpses of an austerely gorgeous idyll, of untamed forests and wide Masurian lakes, of a "softly lit horizon . . . and the pale-blue East Prussian sky," of ice-sailing regattas and sleigh rides, of marzipan at Christmas.

    Eastern Reproaches

  • It's austerely beautiful, save for one little cutesy touch: a cast of the artist's left hand attached to the bottom of the tallest item, nominally to help hold it up.

    Abstracts (Subtle or Semi) And Bold Dimensions

  • It made him go from austerely beautiful to downright touchably gorgeous.

    Crimson Wind

  • For example, my recent browse of the description of the Werckmesiter Harmonies, an austerely beautiful black and white film by the Hungarian director, Bela Tarr led me via Netflix's Cinematch recommendation system to the Devil's Backbone by the Mexican filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro; a look at the terrifically exciting 60s thriller Blow Up led me to Nicholas Roeg's 70s thriller Don't Look Now.

    Tom Silva: Netflix Opens a Pandora's Box

  • And far beyond, like clouds upon the border of the slay, towered minarets of white, where the Sierra's eternal snows flashed austerely the blazes of the sun.

    All Gold Canon

  • No — and yes, for there were the tall Pines clustering austerely together on one side, the magnolia tree burdened with bloom, and the Japanese quinces splashing the driveway hedge with blood.

    The Golden Poppy

  • The result is that the people in Stezaker's collages seem to suffer a variety of austerely rendered optical afflictions, from a squint or strabismus to full enucleation: in the series Blind, the eyeballs have been razored out along a straight line and the edges of the photograph brought together again.

    Brian Dillon on John Stezaker at the Whitechapel Gallery


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