What is the meaning of the word austere?

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  1. Severe strict manner, attitude, appearance
  2. (of living conditions life) Having comforts luxuries; harsh ascetic
  3. Having extremely plain simple style appearance; unadorned
  4. (of economic policy measure) Designed reduce budget deficit, esp. cutting public expenditure
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