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adjective as in refraining; abstinent

adjective as in grim, barren

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Quirky boom-and-bust mining towns, austere desert scenery, and the wooded mountains of the Gila National Forest are all part of this byway that loops through the varied terrain of southern New Mexico.

In some ways, the Olympics that Japan is hosting now will have the feel of the 1948 Games — austere, but for obviously different reasons.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, much of that resistance came from within the dance world itself, and had more to do with breaking those austere traditions than with the politics of LGBTQ activism.

There are austere pieces, notably Amy Finkelstein’s photo of a striking abstract collage.

The tension between austere geometric forms and random natural shapes has long been central to the artist’s style.

The cells are austere—essentially hardened trailers—that cost about $40,000 each to build.

The site is not unlike North Korea itself: austere and more than a little bit dated-looking.

Multi-story hotel towers stand stripped of any ornamentation, and seem almost Soviet in their austere and honest decay.

“It looks spare and austere, but we spent 1,000 hours creating these,” Snoeren said.

The designs were meant to be “stark” and “austere,” the designers said, and there were no straight seams in the creations.

The sedateness of his deportment and the apparent regularity of his life delighted austere moralists.

Madame Torvestad, with an austere and imperious aspect, sat in her place; many gazed at her, but she maintained her composure.

Hence those great devotions, those austere retreats from the world, of which some of them have given an example.

These are the followers of Levana, the austere goddess who takes up the new-born babe and perfects it by sorrow.

This type became more and more rigid and austere as the gathering shadows of the Dark Ages mantled on the minds of men.


On this page you'll find 159 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to austere, such as: exacting, forbidding, formal, rigid, sober, and somber.

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