sternness

sternness
Ⅰ.
stern [1] ADJECTIVE 1) grimly serious or strict, especially in the exercise of discipline. 2) severe; demanding.
DERIVATIVES sternly adverb sternness noun.
ORIGIN Old English.
Ⅱ.
stern [2] NOUN the rearmost part of a ship or boat.
DERIVATIVES sternmost adjective sternwards adverb.
ORIGIN probably from an Old Norse word meaning 'steering' .

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