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  • adjective comparative form of austere: more austere


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  • Atticus and Horace seem to have enjoyed from nature, and cultivated by reflection, as generous and friendly dispositions as any disciple of the austerer schools.

    An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals

  • These alterations have no other authority than the caprice of the translators, acting in the interests of a purer, austerer, but more timid theology.

    Introduction to the Old Testament

  • Many differences in degree or detail there have been, of course, in the various historic embodiments of these ideals; but for the sake of making clear the fundamental contrast we may neglect these individual divergences and group together those on the one hand who have called men to a fuller, completer life and those who have summoned them to an austerer and purer life, free from taint of sin and regret.

    Problems of Conduct

  • Civilization, especially if of the austerer sort, is auspicious to it.

    Billy Budd

  • One new tendency -- that which insists more passionately than ever on order and organization -- merely continues the impetus given by Cézanne and received by all his followers; but another, more vague, towards something which I had rather call humanism than humanity, does imply, I think, a definite breach with Cubism and the tenets of the austerer doctrinaires.

    Since Cézanne

  • Of these austerer virtues the love of truth is the chief, and in mathematics, more than elsewhere, the love of truth may find encouragement for waning faith.

    Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays

  • He who under the gray skies of New England had created Hester and Zenobia, when he came to a world in which they and their kind might have grown to their intended stature, seems to have turned partially back to an austerer code.

    Chapter 4. Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • They remind his austerer critics that Goldsmith has outlasted a dozen austerer novelists.

    Chapter 6. Howells and Realism. Section 2. William Dean Howells

  • In the year in which we live -- and it is sometimes necessary to remind the austerer critic that we always live in the present -- there are a hundred books, of poetry, of essays, of biography, of fiction, which are by no means of the first rank and yet are highly important, if only as news of what the world, in our present, is thinking and feeling.

    Definitions: Essays in Contemporary Criticism

  • I, however, have drunk yet other cups at Athens -- the imaginative draught of poetry, the clear draught of geometry, the sweet draught of music, the austerer draught of dialectic, and the nectar of all philosophy, whereof no man may ever drink enough.

    The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura


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