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Word: austere

Definition: forbiddingly stern; ascetic; without comfort or enjoyment; severely simple and unornamented; Ex. a monk's austere life; Ex. austere grandeur of the cathedral; N. austerity


Sentences Containing 'austere'

A neighbor's well provided water for the austere building.
According to N. Prior, the nature of the Scottish Reformation may have had wider effects, limiting the creation of a culture of public display and meaning that art was channelled into more austere forms of expression with an emphasis on private and domestic restraint.
All his brother sectaries are, for the credit of the sect, interested to observe his conduct; and, if he gives occasion to any scandal, if he deviates very much from those austere morals which they almost always require of one another, to punish him by what is always a very severe punishment, even where no evil effects attend it, expulsion or excommunication from the sect.
And for Radney, though in his infancy he may have laid him down on the lone Nantucket beach, to nurse at his maternal sea; though in after life he had long followed our austere Atlantic and your contemplative Pacific; yet was he quite as vengeful and full of social quarrel as the backwoods seaman, fresh from the latitudes of buck-horn handled bowie-knives.
And those austere ones; those that foretold other men's deaths; those that were so proud and stately, where are they now?
Anthony of San Menaio, simple and austere, dates back to 1600.
Between 1832 and 1847 the chapel served as an ornate parochial seat, its austere main nave in contrast to a painted lateral chapel, constructed in a revivalist style and embossed with gold.
Considered rather cold and austere, he often left the impression in the eyes of his contemporaries of a "pedantic, tactless, and ill-humoured bureaucrat".
Despite its massive form and austere decoration, it nevertheless presents a harmonious structure and a majestic appearance.
He dares not do anything which would disgrace or discredit him in it; and he is obliged to a very strict observation of that species of morals, whether liberal or austere, which the general consent of this society prescribes to persons of his rank and fortune.
He hired the young Michelozzo Michelozzi to create what is today perhaps the prototypical Florentine palazzo, the austere and magnificent Palazzo Medici.
He was an austere man, and had the reputation of being singularly unworldly, for a river man.
His appearance was thin and austere and said to resemble the bust of Julius Caesar in the Berlin Museum; it was said of him in 1892 that "the school owes more to him than to any living man", and on another occasion "he was incapable by temperament of anything but moderation and courtesy, whether on the platform or in private life, [and he did much to sweeten and elevate the public life of the city".
His emphasis in writing and teaching was that insight and enlightenment are available to anyone, not just austere and isolated Zen monks.
His majesty, a prince of much gravity and austere countenance, not well observing my shape at first view, asked the queen after a cold manner “how long it was since she grew fond of a _splacnuck_?” for such it seems he took me to be, as I lay upon my breast in her majesty’s right hand.
His remarkably noble and austere expression struck Morrel, who began his story with trembling.
I used to wander among those rigid corpses, and peer into their austere faces, by the hour.
In the austere system, on the contrary, those excesses are regarded with the utmost abhorrence and detestation.
Many of the convulsionnaires began to live an austere and ascetic lifestyle in cooperatives, referring to each other as 'brother' or 'sister' and taking new names, usually from the Bible.
Many of them, perhaps the greater part of them, have even endeavoured to gain credit by refining upon this austere system, and by carrying it to some degree of folly and extravagance; and this excessive rigour has frequently recommended them, more than any thing else, to the respect and veneration of the common people.
Medical care like other aspects of the logistical system was austere, and field hospitals, whether in caves, underground bunkers or jungle huts usually suffered shortages.
More austere versions of these same options were offered, pairing the existing HS-110 engine with the already mentioned transmissions.
Moved by the need for reform which was felt almost all through the Franciscan family, he resolved, in 1525, the year of the Jubilee, to begin a more austere life, choosing a form of garb more resembling that of Francis of Assisi.
Ragnar Benson is the pen name of a prolific survivalist author who specializes in preparedness topics, particularly survival retreats, hunting, trapping, austere medicine, false identification, explosives, firearms, and improvised weapons.
So he said to him, "It seems to me, Senor Knight-errant, that your worship has made choice of one of the most austere professions in the world, and I imagine even that of the Carthusian monks is not so austere."
State employees and retirees received small pay increases too, the first in many years of austere state budgets.
Tallil AB operations set another milestone due to its austere nature and forward location (which was essential to support the armor's thrust toward the capital).
The 111th Fighter Wing's achievement of voluntarily deploying to austere bases in two separate combat operations within a five-month period was part of the reason the unit was awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, with Valor, in 2005.
The austere system of morality has, accordingly, been adopted by those sects almost constantly, or with very few exceptions; for there have been some.
The base was fairly austere as it had suffered considerable war-damage from Desert Storm.
The former, named the AMX-30EM2 (150 tanks), sought to modernize and improve the vehicle's automotive characteristics, while the latter, or the AMX-30EM1 (149 tanks), resulted in a more austere improvement of the tank's power plant by maintaining the existing engine and replacing the transmission.
The gloomy taint that was in the Murdstone blood, darkened the Murdstone religion, which was austere and wrathful.
The King, who considered him at first merely one of Richelieu's "lost souls", warmed to him by degrees, won over by his austere piety and his service to the party of the "Dévots"; eventually Louis entrusted him with even the low duties of evicting from court the Cardinal's enemies, like Cinq-Mars.
The majority are observed at the local level and, given that the greater part of the municipalities have few inhabitants, the festivals can be a bit austere.
The most opulent church in Christendom does not maintain better the uniformity of faith, the fervour of devotion, the spirit of order, regularity, and austere morals, in the great body of the people, than this very poorly endowed church of Scotland.
The nature of the Scottish Reformation may have had wider effects, limiting the creation of a culture of public display and meaning that art was channelled into more austere forms of expression with an emphasis on private and domestic restraint.
The often austere exterior facades typically hide a wealth of richly designed entries with carved fretwork; built-in hall benches, mirrors and bookcases; wood paneling; stained-glass windows and elaborate staircases.
The popular impression which credits Ingersoll's infidelity in the main to his father's severe orthodoxy and the austere and gloomy surroundings in which his boyhood was spent is wholly wrong.
The portal leads to an austere vaulted undercroft with the stairs leading to the vaulted frescoed "Sala" of the former council chamber of the Priori on the "piano nobile"; the "Sala" was allocated to the notaries guild in 1582, as the "Sala dei Notari", when their former quarters, the Palazzetto dei Notari, on the opposite side of the Corso were partially demolished in a street widening.
There was an inflexibility in her face, in her voice, in her gait and carriage, amply sufficient to account for the effect she had made upon a gentle creature like my mother; but her features were rather handsome than otherwise, though unbending and austere.
These monasteries closely adhere to the vinaya, the austere traditional Buddhist monastic code.
Those austere ones I mean, such as were Charax, and Demetrius the Platonic, and Eudaemon, and others like unto those.
With an austere beauty and pleasing lines, the Basilica was built as the cathedral of a once-extensive Diocese of Chatham, that covered the northern part of the Province.
With the sudden death of his wife he entered upon an austere private life that his detractors attributed to his having taken secret vows in the Society of Jesus.
With this austere way of life, the Cistercians were one of the most successful orders in the 12th and 13th centuries.

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