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
[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 informalbadass
Australian/New Zealand informalsolid
[Antonyms] lenient, lax
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