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Definition of sternness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sternness

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈstɜːnnəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstɜːrnnəs//
 
[uncountable]
 
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an attitude that is serious and disapproving, or shows that you expect somebody to obey you