Austere vs Bold - What's the difference?

austere | bold |

As adjectives the difference between austere and bold

is that austere is austere while bold is courageous, daring.

As a noun bold is

(obsolete) a dwelling; habitation; building.

As a verb bold is

to make (a font or some text) bold.




  • Grim or severe in manner or appearance
  • The headmistress was an austere old woman.
  • Lacking trivial decoration; not extravagant or gaudy
  • 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

    Derived terms

    * austerity * austerely



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) bold, from (etyl) bold, blod, bolt, .

    Alternative forms



    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A dwelling; habitation; building.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) bold, bald, beald, from (etyl) bald, .


    (boldness) (er)
  • Courageous, daring.
  • *, chapter=22
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Not unnaturally, “Auntie” took this communication in bad part. Thus outraged, she showed herself to be a bold as well as a furious virago. Next day she found her way to their lodgings and tried to recover her ward by the hair of the head.}}
  • * 2005 , (Plato), Sophist . Translation by Lesley Brown. .
  • It would be extraordinarily bold of me to give it a try after seeing what has happened to you.
  • (of a font) Having thicker strokes than the ordinary form of the typeface.
  • Presumptuous.
  • * 1748 , (David Hume), Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. ยง 9.
  • even the boldest and most affirmative philosophy, that has ever attempted to impose its crude dictates and principles on mankind.
    * (courageous) audacious, brave, courageous, daring, forward * See also


    (en verb)
  • To make (a font or some text) bold.
  • (obsolete) To make bold or daring.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (obsolete) To become bold.
  • (Webster 1913) ----