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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.


Similarnonindulgent, strict


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



3. stern severe and unremitting in making demands

SamplesAn exacting instructor.
A stern disciplinarian.
Strict standards.

Synonymsexacting, strict



4. stern severely simple

SamplesA stark interior.

Synonymsaustere, severe, stark



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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