- stern + -er (Wiktionary)
“Her father, Henry Rich, Lord Holland, the second son of the Earl of Warwick, has found place in sterner history than this.”
“If the brow slightly bent before her did slightly knit itself in sterner lines than common, she could not be sure of it, bent as it was; and when he looked up, there was no such expression there.”
“So much the sterner is the demand through the remaining ground for exquisite brevity.”
“Idle fancies these indeed, and such as sterner judgments may deem trifling or absurd, yet not uninteresting, since many of them evidently afford vestiges of classic times and manners, transmitted through the course of ages; nor unuseful, since they tend to smooth and adorn the rugged way of life, and to strew its flinty path with flowers.”
“But many of the planet's current pop stars are clearly made of sterner stuff.”
“If the result is not even sterner reforms from Congress than those pushed by Obama to wholesale ethics reform on our college campuses, the only one we can blame is ourselves.”
“If it didn't for you, you're either made of much sterner stuff than I or the faeries must already have you clutched safe to their collective silvery bosom, far, far away from here.”
“Nico was trying not to be distracted thinking about how he could possibly look sterner while unchanging but he quieted that thought for another day.”
“But throughout last week, and now perhaps through more weeks ahead, hope needs a firmer spine of resolution and at least the prospect of something sterner.”
“Not all the potential 2012 contenders have urged quicker or sterner action against Libya.”
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