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  • adv. In a stern manner.

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  • adv. In a stern manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a stern manner; with severity, harshness, austerity, or rigor.

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  • adv. with sternness; in a severe manner


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stern +‎ -ly


  • Glancing at Juan, she saw the troubled darkness of his eyes as he gazed at the hollow, his expression sternly sober.

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  • "Also," said Tish, cutting in sternly, "you took away my revolver, and left us helpless last night, and in peril of wild beasts."


  • He did not appear to fairly understand it until he was shown the chest with the ventilated lid; then his countenance cleared, and, taking the unhappy Billy by the collar, he called sternly for a piece of rope.

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  • Then she called sternly to her straying imagination.

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  • I made a quick comment of reprimand (merely saying his name sternly), and his instant, reflexive reaction was to say

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  • Then the messenger of the Vikings stood on the bank, he called sternly, uttered words, boastfully speaking the seafarers’ message to the earl, as he stood on the shore.

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  • Face it, she told herself sternly, that is a closed chapter.

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  • Orchard Street and nothing more, he reminded himself sternly, that is not so very bad.

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  • "And with the extinction of that breath, Kirkpatrick," cried Wallace, looking sternly from the head to him, "let your fell revenge perish also.

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  • "I think Lilith" she emphasized the name sternly "is staying on Campus actually.

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