Synonyms for stern

Grammar : Adj
Spell : sturn
Phonetic Transcription : stɜrn

Top 10 synonyms for stern Other synonyms for the word stern

Définition of stern

Origin :
  • Old English styrne "severe, strict," from Proto-Germanic *sternijaz (cf. Middle High German sterre, German starr "stiff," störrig "obstinate;" Gothic andstaurran "to be stiff;" Old Norse stara; Old English starian "to look or gaze upon"), from PIE root *ster-, *star- "be rigid" (see sterile).
  • adj serious, authoritarian
Example sentences :
  • Stern displeasure was visible in the countenance of the great sculptor.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • Close by the stern stood Black Simon with the pennon of the house of Loring.
  • Extract from : « The White Company » by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Castle of Villefranche was harsh and stern as its master.
  • Extract from : « The White Company » by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Yet, measured according to the stern standards of adversity, Mary was fortunate.
  • Extract from : « Within the Law » by Marvin Dana
  • The veteran at the stern we could not see, but doubtless his skill was equally remarkable.
  • Extract from : « The Roof of France » by Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Artists say that by their stern canons she is a perfect woman.
  • Extract from : « The Bacillus of Beauty » by Harriet Stark
  • How stern a moral may be drawn from the story of poor Sam Patch!
  • Extract from : « Sketches from Memory » by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • It at once aroused all that was stern in his nature—to have such a coward offer him an insult.
  • Extract from : « Ridgeway » by Scian Dubh
  • The stern self-control had stolen something of the tenderness from her lips.
  • Extract from : « Dust » by Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Stern as Captain Campbell seemed, the loss of his son was irreparable.
  • Extract from : « Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10) » by Maria Edgeworth

Antonyms for stern

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