Austere \Aus*tere"\, [F. aust[`e]re, L. austerus, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to parch, dry. Cf. {Sear}.] 1. Sour and astringent; rough to the state; having acerbity; as, an austere crab apple; austere wine. [1913 Webster] 2. Severe in modes of judging, or living, or acting; rigid; rigorous; stern; as, an austere man, look, life. [1913 Webster] From whom the austere Etrurian virtue rose. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. Unadorned; unembellished; severely simple. [1913 Webster] Syn: Harsh; sour; rough; rigid; stern; severe; rigorous; strict. [1913 Webster]