forbiddingly stern; lacking friendliness and cheerfulness
1. The professor seems very austere until you get to know him, and then you find that he's really a very warm and friendly soul.
2. severely simple and unornamented; very simple and unornamented
2. Like many scholars, he kept his study in an austere condition, with only a table, a chair, and a bookcase.
austeros (bitter, harsh, making the tongue dry) (Greek)
AUS-australia TERE-tear (sorrow). Australians are good sportsman but they bring TEAR in eyes of opponents by their sledgings. Hence. they are AUS-TERE.