1) Suggesting physical hardship: imposing or suggesting physical hardship.
2) Unsmiling: grimly unsmiling, humorless, or suggesting strict self-denial.
3) Plain and without luxury: plain and simple, without luxury or self-indulgence.
4) Plain in style or design: severely plain in design or lines, without distractions or decoration.
The monks lived an austere life in the monastary.
by Jafje June 06, 2007