Weird Word: Austere

by on Feb.10, 2014, under Weird Words, Writing

Austere

Adjective

  • Grim or severe in manner or appearance
  • Lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy

Example Usage:

The orb was anything but austere, covered in nobs, scratches, markings, and somewhat artistic designs, brightly colored in as obnoxious of a manner that an inanimate could muster on both its surface and inside, as could be seen through several semi-transparent layers.

Alternative Forms

  • austerer
  • austerest
  • austerity
  • austerely

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Commentary:

So this word is uncommon but not rare or unheard of. I think it is likely found in a lot of victorian writings, which is silly because the victorians were all about decoration, although perhaps not gaudy. In regards to appearance, I believe I’ve heard this word used to describe the “old woman” or “head mistress of the school” trope. Still it is a nicely descriptive word even if it has a deceptive spelling. The pronunciation actually makes me think of something shining or with a specular highlight instead of severe or lacking in decoration.

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