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stern 1

adj. stern·er, stern·est
1. Hard, harsh, or severe in manner or character: a stern disciplinarian. See Synonyms at severe.
2. Showing or expressing displeasure or disapproval; forbidding or harsh: a stern face; a stern voice.
3. Firm or unyielding; uncompromising: stern resistance.
4. Difficult to endure; oppressive: stern necessity.

[Middle English sterne, from Old English styrne; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

stern′ly adv.
stern′ness n.

stern 2

1. Nautical The rear part of a ship or boat.
2. A rear part or section.

[Middle English sterne, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse stjōrn, rudder; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]
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Adv.1.sternly - with sternness; in a severe manner; "`No,' she said sternly"; "peered severely over her glasses"
بِصَرامَه، عابِسا
harkalega, vægîarlaust


[ˈstɜːnlɪ] ADV [look] → severamente; [reprimand] → severamente, con dureza; [warn] → con seriedad


[ˈstɜːrnli] adv [say, look] → sévèrement


(= severely) say, rebukeernsthaft; lookstreng; warnernst; a sternly worded statementeine streng formulierte Aussage; to deal sternly with somebody/somethingstreng mit jdm/etw umgehen
(= firmly) forbidstreng; oppose, resisteisern


[ˈstɜːnlɪ] adv (warn, glare) → severamente


(stəːn) adjective
harsh, severe or strict. The teacher looked rather stern; stern discipline.
ˈsternly adverb
ˈsternness noun
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Massacres are to be sternly forbidden as heretofore; but any citizen or subject of either country disobeying the injunction is to detach the scalps of all persons massacred and deposit them with a local officer designated to receive and preserve them and sworn to keep and render a true account thereof.
The 'one subject' prohibited to Mercy as sternly as ever is still the subject of the personation of Grace Roseberry
After his customary cheerful and fatherly greeting of Rose, who was rather a favourite with the old gentleman, he turned somewhat sternly to me:-
Miss Amelia put the case before her sisters from the sternly conscientious point of view, at the opposite end of the room.
When she coaxed and insisted, I repulsed her quite sternly.
This is not a public bakery, child," replied the man, sternly.
As I looked at my husband, still sleeping peacefully, the question forced itself into my mind, What had made that genial, gentle mother of his so sternly bent on parting us?
Her method of teaching was to ask the printed questions from the quarterly and look sternly over its edge at the particular little girl she thought ought to answer the question.
Then, Aucassin," she replied, almost sternly, in her great girlish love, "this is true also,--I love you.
Not since Miss Pollyanna's accident had Nancy heard her mistress speak so sternly.
And do you think," said master sternly, "that treatment like this will make him fond of your will?
After the eager rivalry and almost hostility displayed by these companies in their late campaigns, it might be expected that, when thus brought in juxtaposition, they would hold themselves warily and sternly aloof from each other, and, should they happen to come in contact, brawl and bloodshed would ensue.