sternly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sternly, sternely, sterneliche, sturnely, sturneliche, from Old English stirnlīċe, styrnlīċe, stiernlīċe (harshly; severely; sternly), equivalent to stern +‎ -ly.

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sternly (comparative more sternly, superlative most sternly)

  1. In a stern manner.