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stern +‎ -ness


sternness (countable and uncountable, plural sternnesses)

  1. (uncountable) The state or quality of being stern.
    • 2012, July 15. Richard Williams in Guardian Unlimited, Tour de France 2012: Carpet tacks cannot force Bradley Wiggins off track
      There was the sternness of an old-fashioned Tour patron in his rebuke to the young Frenchman Pierre Rolland, the only one to ride away from the peloton and seize the opportunity for a lone attack before being absorbed back into the bunch, where he was received with coolness.
  2. (countable) The result or product of being stern.