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stern

adjective uk   /stɜːn/  us   /stɝːn/
C2 severe, or showing disapproval: a stern look/warning/voice She is her own sternest critic. Journalists received a stern warning not to go anywhere near the battleship. If something, such as a job, is stern, it is difficult: The president is facing the sternest test of his authority since he came to power five years ago.
sternness
noun [U] uk   /ˈstɜːn.nəs/  us   /ˈstɝːn-/

stern

noun [C] uk   /stɜːn/  us   /stɝːn/
the back part of a ship or boat
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