1. firm, strict, or uncompromising: stern discipline.
2. hard, harsh, or severe: a stern reprimand.
3. rigorous or austere; of an unpleasantly serious character: stern times.
4. grim or forbidding in aspect: a stern face.
"people can be stern with people."
"people can be stern in/at/on ways."
"people can be stern with wives."
"people can be stern with myselfs."
"people can be stern in things."
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