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stern - Dictionary definition and meaning for word stern

(noun) the rear part of a ship
Synonyms : after part , poop , quarter , tail

(noun) United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)
Synonyms : isaac stern

(noun) the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
Example Sentence
  • he deserves a good kick in the butt
  • are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?

(adj) of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
Synonyms : austere
Example Sentence
  • an austere expression
  • a stern face

(adj) not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty
Example Sentence
  • grim determination
  • grim necessity
  • Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty
  • relentless persecution
  • the stern demands of parenthood

(adj) severe and unremitting in making demands
Synonyms : exacting , strict
Example Sentence
  • an exacting instructor
  • a stern disciplinarian
  • strict standards

(adj) severely simple
Synonyms : austere , severe , stark
Example Sentence
  • a stark interior

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for stern

stern is harsh condition.. think it as stern is like stem of a plant which is hard..so hard/harsh condition
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by prateek.510

stern sounds like turn hence the meaning
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by bharath_3626

Issac Stern got from a judge a serious warning.
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by hcruiz

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