Thursday, September 17, 2009

Buzzword: Austere

austere (adjective): [osteer]

This word has several meanings, but in the recent discussions on the Congress Party's cost-cutting driving, the meaning is:
  1. simple; lacking comforts and luxuries; without excess

  2. Other meanings are:
  3. stern, serious or harsh in appearance, manner or behaviour
  4. morally strict

Example: Rahul Gandhi went austere with his Shatabdi train ride in chair car from Delhi to Ludhiana and back earlier this week.

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