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adjective British English pronunciation: stern /stɜː(r)n/ 
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adjectivestern
comparativesterner
superlativesternest

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  1. 1
    a stern person, expression, or statement is serious and severe

    A smile suddenly transformed her stern face.

    The court issued a stern warning to the driver.

  2. 2
    a stern action is so firm that you cannot oppose it

    The president was prepared to resort to stern measures to get his way.

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