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He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
  a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration


of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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  • He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
  • While most kids are partying at college, she practiced austerity during her college years.
  • A smile broke through her normal austere expression.
  • A barely furnished man’s room, comfortable, austere, scholarly.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Yellow Crayon

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  • Of him I had only heard that he was a very austere and pious person, always at Mass, and that sort of thing.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Arrow of Gold
  • Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.
    Bertrand Russell
  • she looked more delicately austere than any among them.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • a beautiful but austere-looking witch wearing a most bizarre-looking headdress.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • If I have too austerely punish’d you, your compensation makes amends:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • He had, without explanation, the impression of a slaggy cliff and on it, in silhouette against menacing clouds, a lone and austere figure.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt

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  • Of old time there lived there an abbot and his monks.  ...they gave themselves to study of pious books, and spoke not the one to the other, or indeed to any, and ate decayed herbs and ... slept hard, and prayed much, and ... came they to be known of all the world by reason of these holy austerities, and visited by rich and poor, and reverenced.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • It might be partly owing to the studied austerity of her dress,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • McCandless was stirred by the austerity of this landscape,
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • In Kabul, I had followed news about the rounds of austerity measures.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • I looked back at the platform when we had left it far behind, and saw the tall, austere figure of Holmes standing motionless and gazing after us.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • "But no one, repeat, no one in SPECWARCOM believes he is dead. I want you to understand that, clearly." The austere words of a professional must have hit home. Mom rallied after that,
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • It was a more austere version of Riverdale, a far cry from my Bronx neighborhood.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • These descendants of the sect of Zoroaster—the most thrifty, civilised, intelligent, and austere of the East Indians...
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • ...would end at last in an untouched grove of pine, austere and beautiful.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • on stage or at parties, he shirked the austere and nearly morose stance of older singers and actually smiled when he sang—sometimes even at women.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Silas was surprised by the austerity of the sanctuary.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • ...the silence made it harder, more austere.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Nevertheless, his brow was armed with a severity more austere than ever.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The austere commander of the Swiss Guard was a man for whom few public law enforcement officials had any affection.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I imagine even that of the Carthusian monks is not so austere.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • His face was hard; it had an expression of severity, an inner severity directed at himself; it looked austere and lonely.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The room she so seldom left was austere; had the bed been made, a visitor might have thought it permanently unoccupied.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • This was a place ... more austere, more gloomy, and more pitiless than the other.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The same family portraits glared down at her, but now they seemed smug rather than austere.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • two of them were reserved, rigid, and austere, applying themselves to the work they came about with great earnestness, but the third ... was of a freer conversation, not seemingly so serious and grave,
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • He was austere with himself ... and though he enjoyed the theatre, had not crossed the doors of one for twenty years.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Or on Diana’s altar to protest
    For aye austerity and single life.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Looking in, he saw an austere room floored with hexagonal white tiles.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • How could it be that among so many learned men, among so many Brahmans, among so many austere and venerable Samanas ... no one will find the path of paths?
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • If by living thus reserved and austere, like a hermit in the woods, so long, it has acquired such wonderful purity,
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • austere reserve about him, which had positively awed me into my tame compliance with his eccentricities,
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • I extend my hand to him thus, quenching my familiar smile with an austere regard of control:
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • With such austerity as ’longeth to a father.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • The austere devotee of military duty,
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • There were about fifty of them, all, as far as he could see, wearing plum-coloured robes with an elaborately worked silver ’W’ on the left-hand side of the chest and all staring down their noses at him, some with very austere expressions, others looks of frank curiosity.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • This brown-skinned, broad-shouldered priest, hitherto condemned to the austere virginity of the cloister, was quivering and boiling in the presence of this night scene of love and voluptuousness.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Meanwhile the day had become much lighter; part of the endless, grey-black building on the other side of the street - which was a hospital - could be seen quite clearly with the austere and regular line of windows piercing its facade;
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • It was a dreadfully austere inquiry, but levity was not our note,
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • She felt nothing as she stared up at her father, whose face hovered against the dark sky like the moon: white, austere, pitted with black eyes like meteor craters.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • ...she sang, to herself at first, something without particular tune or words, repetitive, mournful and plaintive, austere,
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • He knew that Jeremiah de Saint-Amour lived in primitive austerity and that he earned much more with his art than he needed,
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • perceive austerely in his eye
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • their cool, bright, austere and yet smiling wisdom.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • And even that austere and cautious man, though he frowned as he read the news of the "miracle," could not completely restrain some inner emotion.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • In an era of fiscal austerity in Peru, they had managed to get the government to put up the money for...
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
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