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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sternly, severelyadverb

    with sternness; in a severe manner

    "`No,' she said sternly"; "peered severely over her glasses"


  1. sternlyadverb

    In a stern manner.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sternlyadjective

    In a stern manner; severely; truculently.

    Etymology: from stern.

    Sternly he pronounc’d
    The rigid interdiction. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Yet sure thou art not, nor thy face the same,
    Nor thy limbs moulded in so soft a frame;
    Thou look’st more sternly, do’st more strongly move,
    And more of awe thou bear’st, and less of love. Dryden.


  1. sternly

    Sternly is an adverb that indicates a manner of behavior or action that is severe, strict, or uncompromising. This term typically implies seriousness and firmness, usually without humor or warmth. It is often associated with disciplined, authoritative, or harsh behaviors or tones.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sternlyadverb

    in a stern manner

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sternly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sternly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sternly in a Sentence

  1. President Joko Widodo:

    I'm (now) ordering large-scale social limits, physical distancing needs to be done more sternly, more disciplined, and effectively.

  2. Louis Tomlinson:

    But it was my mum who said to me that Ive just got to keep going, she told me very sternly that she wanted me to.

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    pose a threat to; present a danger to
    • A. observe
    • B. blur
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