English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'strict'

(adjective) 
Definition
(of a punishment, etc.) harsh or severe
French privacy laws are very strict.
Synonyms
severe
The fence collapsed during the recent severe weather.
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firm
Fruit should be firm and excellent in condition.
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rigid
Hospital routines for nurses are very rigid.
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rigorous
rigorous military training
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stringent
Its drug-testing procedures are the most stringent in the world.
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Opposites
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laid-back (informal)
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easy-oasy (slang)
(adjective) 
Definition
severely correct in attention to behaviour or morality
My parents were very strict.
Synonyms
stern
He said stern measures would be taken against the criminals.
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firm
They needed the firm guiding hand of a parental figure.
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severe
This was a dreadful crime and a severe sentence is necessary.
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harsh
He said many harsh and unkind things.
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authoritarian
There was a coup to restore authoritarian rule.
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austere
an austere, distant, cold person
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no-nonsense
(adjective) 
Definition
(of a meaning) exact
the strictest sense of the word
Synonyms
exact
I can't remember the exact words he used.
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accurate
a more accurate description of the terrain
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precise
They speak very precise English.
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close
The poem is a close translation from the original Latin.
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true
Everything I had heard about him was true.
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particular
What particular aspects of the job are you interested in?
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religious
The clientele turned up, with religious regularity, every night.
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faithful
His screenplay is faithful to the novel.
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meticulous
He was so meticulous about everything.
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scrupulous
scrupulous attention to detail
(adjective) 
Definition
following carefully and exactly a set of rules
a strict Catholic
Synonyms
devout
She was a devout Christian.
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religious
They are both very religious.
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orthodox
orthodox Jews
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pious
He was brought up by pious relatives.
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reverent
the reverent hush of a rapt audience
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prayerful
(adjective) 
Definition
complete
Your enquiry will be handled in strict confidence.
Synonyms
absolute
A sick person needs to have absolute trust in a doctor.
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complete
He made me look like a complete idiot.
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total
The car was in a total mess.
I mean I'm not a total idiot.
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perfect
She behaved like a perfect fool.
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utter
A look of utter confusion swept across his handsome face.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of accurate
a more accurate description of the terrain
in the sense of austere
Definition
stern or severe
an austere, distant, cold person
in the sense of authoritarian
Definition
insisting on strict obedience to authority
There was a coup to restore authoritarian rule.

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