Stern
Stern Stern, a. [Compar. {Sterner}; superl. {Sternest}.] [OE. sterne, sturne, AS. styrne; cf. D. stuurish stern, Sw. stursk refractory. [root]166.] Having a certain hardness or severity of nature, manner, or aspect; hard; severe; rigid; rigorous; austere; fixed; unchanging; unrelenting; hence, serious; resolute; harsh; as, a sternresolve; a stern necessity; a stern heart; a stern gaze; a stern decree. [1913 Webster]

The sterne wind so loud gan to rout. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

I would outstare the sternest eyes that look. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

When that the poor have cried, C[ae]sar hath wept; Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Stern as tutors, and as uncles hard. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

These barren rocks, your stern inheritance. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Gloomy; sullen; forbidding; strict; unkind; hard-hearted; unfeeling; cruel; pitiless. [1913 Webster]


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  • Stern — Stern: Mhd. stern‹e›, ahd. sterno, got. stairnō, schwed. stjärna »Stern« stehen neben anders gebildetem mhd. (mitteld.) sterre, ahd. sterro, niederl. ster, engl. star (3↑ Star). Außergerm. sind z. B. verwandt griech. astē̓r, ástron »Stern« (s.… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • stern — stern1 [stʉrn] adj. [ME sterne < OE styrne < IE base * ster , stiff, rigid > STARE, STARVE] 1. hard; severe; unyielding; strict [stern measures] 2. grim; forbidding [a stern face] 3. relentless; inexorable …   English World dictionary

  • Stern — Stern, n. [Icel. stj[=o]rn a steering, or a doubtful AS. ste[ o]rn. [root]166. See {Steer}, v. t.] 1. The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) The after or rear end of a ship or other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Stern — Язык: немецкий Главный редактор: Андреас Петцольд, Томас Остеркорн Издатель: Gruner + Jahr Страна: Германия Дата основания: 1948 Тираж …   Википедия

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