austere [-r] adj
OFr < L. < Gk 'making the tongue dry and rough'.
- Severe; strict; abstinent; self-disciplined; restrained; stringently moral.
- Bleak; stark; bare; frugal; temperate; abstemious; [fig.] cold; deathly.
see austere, adj.
- Coolly; coldly; [fig.] gravely; seriously; soberly; [word play; see Webster's “auster, n. The south wind”] into winter; to the south.