austere forbidding stern

austere forbidding stern
nonindulgent onindulgent adj. 1. not indulgent. [Narrower terms: {austere, forbidding, stern ; {blue(prenominal), puritan, puritanical ; {corrective, disciplinary, disciplinal ; {monkish ; {renunciant, renunciative, self-abnegating, self-denying ; {self-disciplined ; {spartan, strict ] Also See {abstemious}. Antonym: {indulgent}. [WordNet 1.5]

2. unpermissive. Opposite of {permissive}. [WordNet 1.5]

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  • austere — austerely, adv. austereness, n. /aw stear /, adj. 1. severe in manner or appearance; uncompromising; strict; forbidding: an austere teacher. 2. rigorously self disciplined and severely moral; ascetic; abstinent: the austere quality of life in the …   Universalium

  • stern — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. rigorous, austere; forbidding, grim; strict, harsh, uncompromising. See severity.Ant., moderate, lenient. n. poop, counter, rear.Ant., bow. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. rigid, austere, strict; see… …   English dictionary for students

  • Stern — Stern, a. [Compar. {Sterner}; superl. {Sternest}.] [OE. sterne, sturne, AS. styrne; cf. D. stuurish stern, Sw. stursk refractory. [root]166.] Having a certain hardness or severity of nature, manner, or aspect; hard; severe; rigid; rigorous;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • austere — [adj1] severe in manner ascetic, astringent, cold, earnest, exacting, forbidding, formal, grave, grim, hard, harsh, inexorable, inflexible, obdurate, rigid, rigorous, serious, sober, solemn, somber, stern, stiff, strict, stringent, unfeeling,… …   New thesaurus

  • austere — [ô stir′] adj. [ME < OFr < L austerus, harsh < Gr austēros, dry, harsh < auein, to dry < auos, dry < IE base * saus, dry > SEAR1] 1. having a severe or stern look, manner, etc.; forbidding 2. showing strict self discipline… …   English World dictionary

  • stern — [adj] serious, authoritarian ascetic, astringent, austere, bitter, bullheaded, by the book*, cruel, disciplinary, dyed in the wool*, flinty, forbidding, frowning, grim, hang tough*, hard, hard boiled*, hard core*, hardheaded*, hard line*, hard… …   New thesaurus

  • austere — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. harsh, stern, severe, rigorous; ascetic, simple. See severity, asceticism.Ant. mild, luxurious, comfortable. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. harsh, for bidding, ascetic, stark; see modest 2 , severe 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • stern — stern1 sternly, adv. sternness, n. /sterrn/, adj., sterner, sternest. 1. firm, strict, or uncompromising: stern discipline. 2. hard, harsh, or severe: a stern reprimand. 3. rigorous or austere; of an unpleasantly serious character: stern times …   Universalium

  • stern — I [[t]stɜrn[/t]] adj. er, est 1) firm, strict, or uncompromising: stern discipline[/ex] 2) hard, harsh, or severe 3) rigorous or austere; of an unpleasantly serious character: stern times[/ex] 4) grim or forbidding in aspect: a stern face[/ex] •… …   From formal English to slang

  • austere — adjective 1) an outwardly austere man Syn: severe, stern, strict, harsh, steely, flinty, dour, grim, cold, frosty, unemotional, unfriendly; formal, stiff, reserved, aloof, forbidding; grave …   Thesaurus of popular words

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