Sternest
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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