Squalid vs Austere - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between squalid and austere
is that squalid
is extremely dirty and unpleasant while austere
As a noun squalid
is (zoology) any member of the squalidae.
Extremely dirty and unpleasant.
Showing a contemptible lack of moral standards.
- A squalid attempt to buy votes.
(zoology) Any member of the Squalidae.
* 2008 , David A. Ebert, James A. Sulikowski, Biology of Skates (page 126)
- Numerous diet studies on squalids have shown that members of this family tend to feed mainly on teleosts and cephalopods
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