The Sanctuary was plain to the point of austere, with no luxuries.
By the austere clothing and stern features, Katie assessed she was in some kind of religious convent.
Brady had conducted many missions in austere conditions in other countries.
His biographers state that he showed himself from the beginning very earnest in austere life and humility; and he became a recognized example of the virtues of a Dominican.
Trained as he had been to the study of marbles and the severity of the antique, and openly avowing that he considered the antique superior to nature as being more eclectic in form, he now and always affected precision of outline, dignity of idea and of figure, and he thus tended towards rigidity, and to an austere wholeness rather than gracious sensitiveness of expression.