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Adjective stern has 3 senses
  1. austere, stern - of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; "an austere expression"; "a stern face"
    Antonym: indulgent (indirect, via nonindulgent)
  2. grim, inexorable, relentless, stern, unappeasable, unforgiving, unrelenting - not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty; "grim determination"; "grim necessity"; "Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty"; "relentless persecution"; "the stern demands of parenthood"
    Antonym: placable (indirect, via implacable)
  3. stern, strict, exacting - severe and unremitting in making demands; "an exacting instructor"; "a stern disciplinarian"; "strict standards"
    Antonym: undemanding (indirect, via demanding)
Noun stern has 3 senses
  1. stern, after part, quarter, poop, tail - the rear part of a ship
    --1 is a kind of rear, back
    --1 is a part of ship
    --1 has parts: escutcheon; skeg
  2. Stern, Isaac Stern - United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)
    --2 is a kind of violinist, fiddler
  3. buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass - the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
    --3 is a kind of body part
    --3 is a part of torso, trunk, body
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