adjective, stern·er, stern·est.
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Origin of stern1
synonym study for stern
OTHER WORDS FROM sternsternly, adverbsternness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for stern
Reporters at The Washington Post, the New York Times and elsewhere, including Stern, found those claims were false.Ginni Thomas apologizes to husband’s Supreme Court clerks after Capitol riot fallout|Robert Barnes|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
In this inestimably practical gear, she’s showing a visitor around her property, a stern but polite fellow, inching past middle age and vaguely stooped, who has just arrived by bicycle.The Dig Is Just the Movie to Relieve Midwinter Cabin Fever|Stephanie Zacharek|January 29, 2021|Time
It was from an officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and it came with a message of stern warning for the Saudi dissident.A new movie about Jamal Khashoggi reveals a protégé who is alive and under assault|Steven Zeitchik|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
Metal detectors proved mere speed bumps for rioters and the Capitol Police — typically stern and decisive — were unprepared.The Breach of the Capitol Spooked Us — As It Should Have|Philip Elliott|January 7, 2021|Time
Thousands of women are now working on the project in Paris, and Stern has heard from groups in Portugal, India, China, Turkey and Canada who are using the same techniques.
Lady Kirton's last words halted, for his look startled even her in its resolute sternness.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
His mind with all its sternness ever tended to clemency, and his constitutional prudence, or measure, forbade purposeless excess.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
Hardworking and upright, being reared in sternness and poverty.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z|Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
Calvin gave birth, by the sternness of his doctrines and his executions, to that form of hypocritical sentiment called "cant."Catherine de' Medici|Honore de Balzac
"Getting rattled is a highly unmilitary form of conduct," retorted Prescott, with a look of mock sternness.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants|H. Irving Hancock
British Dictionary definitions for stern (1 of 3)
Derived forms of sternsternly, adverbsternness, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with stern
see from soup to nuts (stem to stern).