• WordNet 3.6
    • n austereness extreme plainness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Austereness Harshness or astringent sourness to the taste; acerbity.
    • Austereness Severity; strictness; austerity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n austereness The state or quality of being austere; harshness in taste; severity in manners; austerity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Austereness quality of being austere: severity of manners or life: harshness: asceticism: severe simplicity of style, dress, or habits
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  • Alexander Herzen
    “Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a constant submission to it.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Mathematics, rightly viewed, poses not only truth, but supreme beauty a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.”
  • Sila-Prabhrita
    “Mercy to living beings, self restraint, truth, honesty, chastity and contentment, right faith and knowledge, and austerity are but the entourage of morality.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Austere perseverance, hash and continuous... rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistible greater with time.”
  • James Reston
    James Reston
    “Americans have always been able to handle austerity and even adversity. Prosperity is what is doing us in.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. austerus—Gr. austērosau-ein, to dry.


In literature:

When this last sacrifice had been made, he was, even when tried by the maxims of that austere time, faultless.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
White and austere gleamed the little camp-bed in the corner.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
The one was austere and the other was sensuous, and the sensuous temperament in its full strength is essentially solitary.
"Rousseau" by John Morley
The stony fields brought him back to his dream of austerity, of an inner life spent in a desert.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Schopenhauer is told off as a kind of librarian in the House of God, to sing the praises of the austere pleasures of the mind.
"Varied Types" by G. K. Chesterton
But she sometimes wondered whether the beckoning light was not austere and cold.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
A certain austerity defines it from more picturesque hill-cities with a less uniform history.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
A tall man, robed in black, and with a thin face, smoothly shaven and austere, stood in the doorway.
"The Free Rangers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Some, austere at their birth, are cheerful and even smiling as they are completed.
"The Cathedral" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
It is both romantic and austere, both adventurous and holy.
"The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day" by Evelyn Underhill
Severer austerities give clearer insight into divine mysteries and control over the forces of nature.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
He was impetuous in his speech and possessed of spiritual power by virtue of his austerities.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
His tall figure and stern dark eyes made for austerity.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Our visitor folded the dress into a bundle and marched slowly and austerely out.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
Nietzsche's noble and austere call to seriousness and spiritual conflict is the sign of a temper quite opposite from this.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
For over seventy years this hermit had led a life of utmost austerity, and had many followers.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
He spoke calmly, however, without austerity, without reproach, and she revived a little.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
But sacerdotal pride finds its account in these austerities.
"Letters to Eugenia" by Baron d'Holbach
It was a drawing austerely black and white.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
But nothing softened the austerity or melted the ice of his manners.
"Studies in Contemporary Biography" by James Bryce, Viscount Bryce

In poetry:

Therefore, O tender Lady, Queen Mary,
Thou gentleness that dost enmoss and drape
The Cross's rigorous austerity,
Wipe thou the blood from wounds that needs must gape.
"After-Strain" by Francis Thompson
'Twas at this season, year by year,
The singer who lies songless here
Was wont to woo a less austere,
Less deep repose,
Where Rotha to Winandermere
Unresting flows,—
"In Laleham Churchyard" by William Watson
But lay me where the pines, austere and tall,
Sing in the wind that sweeps across the West:
Where night, imperious, sets her coronal
Of silver stars upon the mountain crest.
"Make Me No Grave" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Time, the extortioner, from richest beauty
Takes heavy toll and wrings rapacious duty.
Austere of feature if thou carve thy rhyme,
Perchance 'twill pay the lesser tax to Time.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
There is a proud, defiant mein,
Expressive, stern, and yet serene,
About the precipice;
Whose rugged form looks grimly down,
And answers, with an austere frown
The sunlight's kiss.
"There Is An Air Of Majesty." by Alfred Castner King
Why not? Well, there faced she and I -
Two strangers who'd kissed, or near,
Chancewise. To see stand weeping by
A woman once embraced, will try
The tension of a man the most austere.
"The Contretemps" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a writer, thinker and philosopher who became the leading proponent of Transcendentalism, a movement that imbued the austere New England Unitarian tradition with elements of mysticism.
The coming battles over austerity and scarcity should favor the party of small government.
Democrats Reinvent Themselves as the Party of Fiscal Austerity.
Town-government leaders are braced for austerity budget planning following warnings from number-crunchers that Lenox may confront its own version of a "fiscal cliff" within the next few years.
These wines, which range in color from austere orange to vivid fuchsia, are perfect for June's strawberries and peas, but remain strong contenders at the backyard barbecues of July.
Klein argues that the stimulus of federal spending has been offset by the "anti-stimulus" of fiscal austerity by state and local governments.
I don't want to give too much away: how Love dies and becomes bodiless, Shiva's rage and Parvati's austerities, their spectacular union at the end of the poem and the sensuality of those last scenes.
From two tiny rooms high up and far back in St Augustine's Episcopal Church, with its neo-Georgian archways, austere, straight-backed pews and simple, graceful detail, the legacy of slavery in Manhattan looks down.
A LUSH oasis in the Ur-womb of Andalusia, alternately austere and sybaritic, Seville boasts a rich history of religious fervor rivaled only by its sensual self-indulgence.
Challenge to Austerity, And Germany, Is Sharpened .
Tensions simmer as Greece, lenders battle over austerity.
With household and government spending shackled by austerity to avoid contagion from the euro region's sovereign debt crisis, Slovakia probably benefited from stronger demand for its products such as new Volkswagen AG models, economists said.
Euro Chiefs Signal Softening of Greek Austerity.
Austerity cuts are prompting medical " apartheid ".
The Army is retooling for a very austere, very remote way of war.

In science:

One can easily imagine more intricate notions of efficiency, our point here is that even in this austere model, the power of the adversary is non-trivial.
Social Networks and Stable Matchings in the Job Market
Theodor Reye, whose lectures on von Staudt’s approach to pro jective geometry were first published in 1866 , says in his preface that the austere language, the extreme abstractness of presentation, and the lack of diagrams have hindered the well-deserved recognition of von Staudt’s work.
Publication history of von Staudt's Geometrie der Lage
One of the main reasons for studying 3D gravity models is in reality to try to find out a gravity system with less austere ultraviolet divergences in perturbation theory.
Some interesting features of new massive gravity
Default is preempted by the impact of the negotiations between Greece and the European Union including a 53.5% haircut, austerity and ESPF loans as shown in pro jections for 2012 and 2013 (green circles) according to estimates reported in Ref. .
The European debt crisis: Defaults and market equilibrium
TABLE I: Values used for debt ratio pro jections - Austerity targets for the budget ratio st and pro jections of the GDP change yt for the five countries we considered.
The European debt crisis: Defaults and market equilibrium