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 for Sterner
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stern \Stern\, a. [Compar. Sterner; superl. Sternest.] [OE.
     sterne, sturne, AS. styrne; cf. D. stuurish stern, Sw. stursk
     refractory. [root]166.]
     Having a certain hardness or severity of nature, manner, or
     aspect; hard; severe; rigid; rigorous; austere; fixed;
     unchanging; unrelenting; hence, serious; resolute; harsh; as,
     a sternresolve; a stern necessity; a stern heart; a stern
     gaze; a stern decree.
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           The sterne wind so loud gan to rout.     --Chaucer.
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           I would outstare the sternest eyes that look. --Shak.
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           When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept;
           Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. --Shak.
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           Stern as tutors, and as uncles hard.     --Dryden.
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           These barren rocks, your stern inheritance.
                                                    --Wordsworth.
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     Syn: Gloomy; sullen; forbidding; strict; unkind;
          hard-hearted; unfeeling; cruel; pitiless.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sterner \Stern"er\, n. [See 3d Stern.]
     A director. [Obs. & R.] --Dr. R. Clerke.
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