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  • adjective superlative form of stern: most stern.

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Examples

  • These Tales are perhaps as open to that charge as any of his; and, moreover, not principally made up of that 'sternest' stuff which Byron celebrated as being most characteristic of him.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald in Two Volumes Vol. II

  • Jol, while acknowledging this as his side's sternest test of the season to date, will rest some first-team players against Dnipro with Sunday's trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers in mind.

    Fulham's Martin Jol promises due respect for Dnipro's Juande Ramos

  • Bahrain gave its sternest warning yet to Iran to keep out of its affairs, saying an escalation in the two countries' dispute over Bahrain's recent crackdown on political unrest could even lead to "conflict."

    World Watch

  • MANAMA—Bahrain gave its sternest warning yet to Iran to keep out of its affairs, saying an escalation in the two countries' dispute over Bahrain's recent crackdown on political unrest could even lead to "conflict."

    Bahrain Says Meddling by Iran Risks 'Conflict'

  • I could scarcely keep from laughing in his face, the whole thing was so ludicrous; but I managed to look my haughtiest, and sternest, and fiercest, while I superintended the deck-cleansing.

    CHAPTER XLV

  • Many believed Hardy's sternest career test arrived the night he lost to St-Pierre, but I suspect he has far bigger challenges waiting just around the corner.

    Elliot Worsell: In Defense of Takedown Defense

  • The filly may very well be better than the 3-year-old colts this season, but she will have a tough trip and faces by far her sternest test to date.

    Guide to Preakness picks from pros and computer

  • She was two years his senior, and had long ranked as an old maid She had taught school, and was known by the young generation as the sternest disciplinarian in its experience.

    THE PRODIGAL FATHER

  • Many believed Hardy's sternest career test arrived the night he lost to St-Pierre, but I suspect he has far bigger challenges waiting just around the corner.

    Elliot Worsell: In Defense of Takedown Defense

  • He had been cadged for drinks before by the old cannibal, and the sternest tambo Grief and McTavish had laid down was the one forbidding alcohol to the natives of New Gibbon.

    THE JOKERS OF NEW GIBBON

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