Prim vs Austere - What's the difference?
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Prim is a related term of austere.
As a noun prim
is prime (the first note or tone of a musical scale).
As an adjective austere is
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
) prim, prin, from (etyl
formal; precise; affectedly neat or nice
- prim''' regularity; a '''prim person
- (Jonathan Swift)
Often used in the collocation “prim and proper”.
* prim and proper
(dated) To make affectedly precise or proper.
(dated) To dress or act smartly.
Grim or severe in manner or appearance
Lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy
- The headmistress was an austere old woman.
- The interior of the church was as austere as the parishioners were dour.
* (grim or severe) stern, strict, forbidding
* (lacking trivial decoration) simple, plain, unadorned, unembellished
* (not lacking trivial decoration) overwrought, flamboyant, extravagant, gaudy, flashy