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Definition of 'stern'


  1. the rear part of a ship
       Synonyms: after part quarter poop tail
  2. United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)
       Synonyms: Isaac Stern
  3. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
       Synonyms: buttocks nates arse butt backside bum buns can fundament hindquarters hind end keister posterior prat rear rear end rump seat tail tail end tooshie tush bottom behind derriere fanny


  1. of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; "an austere expression"; "a stern face"
       Synonyms: austere
  2. not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty; "grim determination"; "grim necessity"; "Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty"; "relentless persecution"; "the stern demands of parenthood"
       Synonyms: grim inexorable relentless unappeasable unforgiving unrelenting
  3. severe and unremitting in making demands; "an exacting instructor"; "a stern disciplinarian"; "strict standards"
       Synonyms: strict exacting
  4. severely simple; "a stark interior"
       Synonyms: austere severe stark

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