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Definition of Stern

Stern

  1. The black tern.
  2. 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.
  3. The helm or tiller of a vessel or boat; also, the rudder.
  4. The after or rear end of a ship or other vessel, or of a boat; the part opposite to the stem, or prow.
  5. Fig.: The post of management or direction.
  6. The hinder part of anything.
  7. The tail of an animal; -- now used only of the tail of a dog.
  8. Being in the stern, or being astern; as, the stern davits.

Stern Quotations

False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared.
Charles de Montesquieu

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself. - Saint Teresa of Avila
Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
Saint Teresa of Avila

The rewards of freedom are always sweet, but its demands are stern, for at its heart is the paradox that the greatest enemy of freedom is freedom.
Os Guinness

David Stern should get with the mothers of the NBA and let the moms decide what the dress code should be. I asked my mother if I could wear a chain, and she told me yeah. So I do stuff that my parents allow me to do.
Shaquille O'Neal

Blue is the male principle, stern and spiritual. Yellow the female principle, gentle, cheerful and sensual. Red is matter, brutal and heavy and always the colour which must be fought and vanquished by the other two.
Franz Marc
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Stern Translations

stern in Danish is agterstavn
stern in Dutch is achtersteven, spiegel
stern in French is poupe
stern in German is ernst, Heck
stern in Italian is poppa
stern in Latin is austerus
stern in Portuguese is popa
stern in Spanish is popa
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