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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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Firm and not changeable. Also: serious and strict, and showing strong disapproval of someone's behaviour.

Usage examples (36)
  • Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
  • Before she could get any more information from him, Marco walked over to them, his expression stern.
  • “There are few things I would deny you, Daughter, without good reason,” Balm answered, her expression stern.
  • President Obama's promising what he calls a stern response if North Korea launches a missile, as it now threatens. for more
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