HyperDic: sternness

English > 2 senses of the word sternness:
NOUNattributesternnessthe quality (as of scenery) being grim and gloomy and forbidding / forbidding
attributesternness, strictnessuncompromising resolution
sternness > pronunciation
Soundsster'nahs; ster'nnahs
Rhymesabacus ... zealous: 1164 rhymes with ahs...
English > sternness: 2 senses > noun 1, attribute
MeaningThe quality (as of scenery) being grim and gloomy and forbidding / forbidding.
Example"the sternness of his surroundings made him uncomfortable"
Broaderasperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigour, severity, severeness, rigorousness, rigourousnessSomething hard to endure
Spanishseveridad
Adjectivessternseverely simple
English > sternness: 2 senses > noun 2, attribute
Meaninguncompromising resolution.
Synonymstrictness
NarrowerPuritanismstrictness and austerity in conduct and religion
severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffnessexcessive sternness
Broaderunpermissiveness, restrictivenessA lack of permissiveness or indulgence and a tendency to confine behavior within certain specified limits
Spanishausteridad, reciedumbre, rigurosidad, severidad
Catalanausteritat, rigidesa, severitat
Adjectivessternsevere and unremitting in making demands
sternnot to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty

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