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Dictionary definition for: Stern

1. (n) the rear part of a ship

2. (s) of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; "an austere expression" "a stern face"

3. (n) United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)

4. (s) 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"

5. (n) 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?"

6. (s) severe and unremitting in making demands; "an exacting instructor" "a stern disciplinarian" "strict standards"

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