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αὐστηρός, ά, όν, (αὕω) harsh, rough, bitter, ὕδωρ Pl.Phlb.61c, cf. Ti.65d; οἶνος αὐ., opp. γλυκύς, Hp.Acut.52, Fract.29, Arist.Pr.872b35, 934a34; ὀσμή Id.de An.421a30; of country, rugged, τόποι OGI 168.57 (i B.C.): metaph., harsh, crabbed, ποιητής Pl.R.398a (Comp.); severe, unadorned, ἡ πραγματεία ἔχει αὐ. τι Plb.9.1.2, cf. D.H.Dem. 47; γυμνάδος αὐστηρὸν ..πόνον severe, Epigr.Gr.201. Adv. -ρῶς, κατεσκευάσθαι D.H.Dem.43.

b. in moral sense, rigorous, austere, Arist.EE1240a2; τοῖς βίοις Plb.4.20.7 (Sup.), cf. Phld.Hom.p.23 O. (Comp.); αὐ. καὶ αὐθάδης D.H.6.27, cf. Stoic.3.162, Vett. Val.75.11; strict, exacting, Ev.Luc.19.21, PTeb.315.19 (ii A. D.); αὐστηρότερον, τό, excessive rigour, BGU140.18 (ii A. D.). Adv. -ρῶς Satyr.Vit.Eur. Fr.39 iv 19: Comp. -ότερον LXX 2 Ma.14.30.