[ sturn-lee ]
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  1. in a firm, strict, or austere way:Unless the government sternly cracks down on the underground economy, citizens will never pay their taxes diligently.

  2. in a harsh, severe, or grim way:Any baker caught mixing sawdust with bread or butcher selling horse meat as beef was immediately and sternly punished.

Origin of sternly

First recorded before 1000; stern1 + -ly

Words Nearby sternly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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