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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. I didn't want her ring, and I felt there was something reckless and extravagant about her wishing to give it away to a boy she had never seen before.
"This is not a public bakery, child," replied the man, sternly. "It's private property."
"Who sent you here with that filthy stuff?" he asked sternly. "You'd best answer me."
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.
'Have you come to apologise?' asked the Squire, sternly.
She began to say it very sternly; but something in the woman's pleading eyes made her add the civil explanation that no one was allowed yet to see Pollyanna.