stern - definition and synonyms

adjective 

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/stɜː(r)n/
adjectivestern
comparativesterner
superlativesternest
  1. 1
    a stern person, expression, or statement is serious and severe

    The court issued a stern warning to the driver.

     Synonyms and related words
  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.

derived words

sternly

adverb

sternness

noun [uncountable]