Definition of 'stern'
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But there are much sterner tests ahead. The Sun (2010)The previous term had provided stern challenges. Times, Sunday Times (2006)His relationship with his father sounds stern to say the least. Times, Sunday Times (2013)He tends to be a stern critic of his own work. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Critics said yesterday that police officers should be made of sterner stuff. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Can expect a sterner examination than last time when he scored heavily. Times, Sunday Times (2013)They were let off with a stern warning. Times, Sunday Times (2012)There was a loud metallic sound in the stern and the boat went into a spin. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He was also realistic about the stern challenges ahead. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But now they face a sterner challenge. Times, Sunday Times (2010)She gives me a stern look. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Ennis is made of stern stuff. The Sun (2011)That dream faces a stern examination. Times, Sunday Times (2010)In the shadows of the room, his voice came stern and harsh. THE WOLF AND THE DOVEThe Italian has a reputation for being stern and strict with players and media alike. The Sun (2010)Surely sport is a stern and serious duty, something we do because we must. Times, Sunday Times (2008)But it was his grandparents who provided the most striking contrast to his father 's stern regime. King Edward VIII - The Official Biography (1990)The stern, triumphant look on her face was armour enough to keep away any rogue fingers. Burning Bright (2007)For his press conference, he turned up right on time and his demeanour was stern and serious. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The US approach has stern critics. Times, Sunday Times (2012)She assures me her builder was made of much sterner stuff - and he had to stand behind her for hours making sure the measurements were perfect. Times, Sunday Times (2009)He said I'd put on a pound overnight and gave a very stern lecture on binge drinking. The Sun (2006)Suddenly, the challenge ahead seemed so much sterner, especially as he prepared himself for the section of the day he had doubtless dreaded. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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British English: stern ADJECTIVE
Stern words or actions are very severe.
He issued a stern warning to those who persist in violence.
Definition of stern from the Collins English Dictionary
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