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Definition of 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

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

Some of us live a Christian life as if we're always under the stern, watchful eye of our Father and he is very impossible to please... No, God delights even in our heartfelt attempts at obedience.
Kevin DeYoung

Love exercised while duty is neglected will make children headstrong, willful, perverse, selfish, and disobedient. If stern duty is left to stand alone without love to soften and win, it will have a similar result. Duty and love must be blended in order that children may be properly disciplined.
Ellen G. White

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

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
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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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