Harsh and Stern


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Harsh adjective – Given to exacting standards of discipline and self-restraint.
Usage example: a harsh judge when it comes to drug users and especially drug dealers

Stern is a synonym for harsh in nasty topic. In some cases you can use "Stern" instead the word "Harsh" as an adjective or a noun, when it comes to topics like hard, severe, austere, merciless. popular alternative
Nearby Words: harshness, harshly
Synonyms for Harsh


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Stern adjective – Given to exacting standards of discipline and self-restraint.
Usage example: the army post's stern commander always had the utmost respect of those who served under him

Harsh is a synonym for stern in characteristic topic. You can use "Harsh" instead an adjective "Stern", if it concerns topics such as severe, austere, serious, merciless. popular alternative
Nearby Words: sternness, sternly, sterne
Synonyms for Stern

Things that words describes

attitude harsh attitude stern attitude
master harsh master stern master
speech harsh speech stern speech
look harsh look stern look
Other nouns: nature, way, personality, rule, words, voice, exterior, version, demeanor, reminder, punishments.

Both words in one sentence

  • Film / The Shawshank Redemption Faux Affably Evil: Norton initially comes across as stern and harsh, but well-meaning.
  • Film / Three Kings He's every bit as fallible as the rest of his squad, and addresses his troops in a more polite, nonchalant manner, as oppose to the more stern and harsh way that is common for this trope.
  • His leg was crippled in World War I, and beneath his stern, relentless persona is a lonely man who is harsh on orphans because it reminds him of the pain of being one himself.
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