What is the meaning of the word austere?

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  1. Severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance
  2. (of living conditions or a way of life) Having no comforts or luxuries; harsh or ascetic
  3. Having an extremely plain and simple style or appearance; unadorned
  4. (of economic policy measure) Designed reduce budget deficit, esp. cutting public expenditure
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