The Closing Word: Austere

Image of Closing Word LogoThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (ahs-TEER)

1. severely simple
2. practicing great self-denial
3. of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect

It’s useful to remember that austere rhymes with severe. It’s the severity that adds the extreme (and often negative) meaning to the word.

“When the sellers had moved out, it was clear some home staging was necessary to blunt the austere look and feel of the home.”


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