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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 aus·tere /ɔˈstɪr ||ˈstɛr/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 1. Sour and astringent; rough to the state; having acerbity; as, an austere crab apple; austere wine.
 2. Severe in modes of judging, or living, or acting; rigid; rigorous; stern; as, an austere man, look, life.
    From whom the austere Etrurian virtue rose.   --Dryden.
 3. Unadorned; unembellished; severely simple.
 Syn: -- Harsh; sour; rough; rigid; stern; severe; rigorous; strict.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: severely simple; "a stark interior" [syn: severe, stark]
      2: of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in
         aspect; "an austere expression"; "a stern face" [syn: stern]
      3: practicing great self-denial; "Be systematically
         ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you
         would rather not do it"- William James; "a desert nomad's
         austere life"; "a spartan diet"; "a spartan existence"
         [syn: ascetic, ascetical, spartan]