Synonyms of stern in English:

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adjective

  • 1 Nick's expression was stern
    serious, unsmiling, frowning, poker-faced, severe, forbidding, grim, unfriendly, sombre, grave, sober, austere, dour, stony, flinty, steely, unrelenting, unyielding, unforgiving, unbending, unsympathetic, disapproving
    British informal boot-faced
    [Antonyms] genial friendly
  • 2 the stern measures taken by the government added to its unpopularity
    strict, severe, stringent, harsh, drastic, hard, tough, fierce, extreme, rigorous, rigid, exacting, demanding, uncompromising, unsparing, inflexible, authoritarian, draconian
    North American informal badass
    Australian/New Zealand informal solid
    [Antonyms] lenient lax
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