Definition of stern adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    stern

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//stərn//
     
    (sterner, sternest)
     
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  1. 1serious and often disapproving; expecting someone to obey you synonym strict a stern face/expression/look a stern warning Her voice was stern. The police are planning sterner measures to combat crime.
  2. 2serious and difficult a stern test of nerves We face stern opposition.
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    adverb
  4. sternnessnoun
    NAmE//ˈstərnnəs//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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    Idioms
    be made of sterner stuff
     
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    to have a stronger character and to be more determined in dealing with problems than other people Many would have given up, but Tim was made of sterner stuff.
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