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English adjective: stern

1. stern of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect


SamplesAn austere expression.
A stern face.


Synonymsaustere


Similarnonindulgent, strict


Antonymsindulgent

2. stern not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty


SamplesGrim determination.
Grim necessity.
Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty.
Relentless persecution.
The stern demands of parenthood.


Synonymsgrim, inexorable, relentless, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelenting


Similarimplacable


Antonymsplacable

3. stern severe and unremitting in making demands


SamplesAn exacting instructor.
A stern disciplinarian.
Strict standards.


Synonymsexacting, strict


Similardemanding


Antonymsundemanding

4. stern severely simple


SamplesA stark interior.


Synonymsaustere, severe, stark


Similarplain


Antonymsfancy


English noun: stern

1. stern (artifact) the rear part of a ship


Synonymsafter part, poop, quarter, tail


Broader (hypernym)back, rear


Part holonymescutcheon, skeg


Part meronymship

2. Stern (person) United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)


SynonymsIsaac Stern


Instance hypernymfiddler, violinist


Domain regionRussia, Soviet Union, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR

3. stern (body) the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on


SamplesHe deserves a good kick in the butt.
Are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?.


Synonymsarse, ass, backside, behind, bottom, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, can, derriere, fanny, fundament, hind end, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush


Broader (hypernym)body part


Part meronymbody, torso, trunk









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