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sternly

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