“The witness only thought that he had a sure thing,” the judge says sternly.
Every article on good divorce that I looked at sternly warned: “never disagree or argue in front of the children.”
Or as her mother tells her, sternly, “You got to accept that life is full of disappointments.”
Instead, she released a sternly worded statement and took off with her sons to a house in the country.
As your president,” Bush said sternly, “I guarantee you, this violence will end.
Freeman sternly ordered her to be quiet, but she did not heed him.
"Yes, an' he lef' dis," said Dunkin sternly, pointing to the paper on the floor.
"I will not permit it," she said sternly; and she laid her open hand upon the desk, to give weightier emphasis to the words.
"This letter must have come here enclosed in another," said Edouard, sternly.
She delights in the destruction of human handiwork, and is therefore portrayed with a sternly beautiful though cruel countenance.
Old English styrne "severe, strict," from Proto-Germanic *sternijaz (cf. Middle High German sterre, German starr "stiff," störrig "obstinate;" Gothic andstaurran "to be stiff;" Old Norse stara; Old English starian "to look or gaze upon"), from PIE root *ster-, *star- "be rigid" (see sterile).
c.1300, "hind part of a ship, steering gear of a ship," probably from Old Norse stjorn "a steering," related to styra "to guide" (see steer (v.)). Or the word may come from Old Frisian stiarne "rudder," which is also related to steer (v.).