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Synonyms and Antonyms of sternness

  1. the quality or state of being demanding or unyielding (as in discipline or criticism) <the company's new president has a reputation for granitelike sternness and monkish austerity> Synonyms exactingness, hardness, harshness, inflexibility, rigidity, rigidness, rigor, rigorousness, severity, strictness, stringencyRelated Words callousness, hard-heartedness, implacability, obduracy, obdurateness, pitilessness; dourness, gruffness; asceticism, austereness, austerity, monasticism; determination, firmness, resolve, steadfastness; obstinacy, stubbornnessNear Antonyms forbearance, indulgence, kindness, lenience, patience, softness, tenderness, tolerance; responsiveness, willingness; compliance, pliability, pliancyAntonyms flexibility, gentleness, laxness, mildness

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