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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
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