Synonym of stern

Alternative for stern

sterns, sterner, sternest

Synonym: austere, exacting, firm, hard, harsh, severe, strict, stringent,

Antonym: bow, gentle,

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Strict or exacting in standards
authoritarian harsh strict tough uncompromising draconian fierce firm severe stringent austere dour drastic exacting grave hard rigid rigorous callous dire extreme hard-line hard-nosed heavy-handed inexorable oppressive resolute steadfast unsympathetic autocratic cruel demanding determined dogged formidable hard-core hardened hardheaded hardhearted hard-hearted imperious inflexible iron-fisted merciless no-nonsense obdurate obstinate pitiless pressing rough single-minded unbending uncharitable unflinching unforgiving unrelenting unsparing unyielding absolute ascetic ascetical astringent browbeating bullheaded by the book disciplinary domineering dyed-in-the-wool immovable intractable mulish relentless resolved solid stiff stiff-necked disciplinarian ossified tyrannical grim flinty serious forbidding ruthless adamant ramrod intransigent brutal unsmiling solemn sober savage unwavering cast-iron steely implacable rugged brassbound forceful stubborn gruff stony unfeeling intimidating earnest sombre somber louring ungentle lowering headstrong hardline overbearing despotic unfriendly set unpermissive cold pertinacious ferocious fixed adamantine sedate staid stark unshakeable undeviating excessive humourless humorless uncomic sobersided murderous hard-boiled opinionated dogmatic repressive remorseless weighty high-handed self-opinionated authoritative willful wilful illiberal insistent magisterial dictatorial pigheaded stuffy disapproving frowning po-faced aloof frigid icy frosty doctrinaire mean-looking picky invariable nasty indurate insensitive unadaptable heavy menacing punitive inconsiderate desperate mortal peremptory immutable unappeasable bleak bitter heartless hard-hitting onerous dead set unswerving businesslike barbarous tight inhuman lordly unmerciful vicious bound bossy self-willed inconvincible pat perverse grievous spartan arbitrary strong radical strait-laced tenacious sadistic incompliant excruciating brick-wall aggressive hardhanded overweening dogmatical masterful truculent powerful locked in dead set on hard and fast set in stone imperative dictative sharp morose sour irreconcilable gloomy sullen dismal unfair abrasive unjust ironhanded dreary surly commanding glowering unsentimental Draconian punishing unkind swingeing arch uncommunicative poker-faced cool hard to please uptight uncaring rowdy curt summary hostile antagonistic unpleasant wicked refractory pugnacious punitory formal unpitying puritanical stony-hearted two-fisted hard-bitten suppressive exorbitant immoderate diehard unfaltering hard-shelled indomitable systematic meticulous scrupulous painstaking tight-lipped grim-faced sworn deadly melancholic crabbed hard-faced dejected saturnine glum ugly sulky reserved unvacillating staunch ungiving militant virulent forcible unpersuadable binding assertive chilly unemotional at each other's throats iron distant tactless compelling poignant valid acrimonious drawing ironclad convincing confining crisp unswayable unflexible very severe assiduous tireless sedulous unflagging unstoppable irreversible unchangeable exact concrete unalterable remote stand pat not giving an inch static unchanging unvarying do or die hard as nails sticking to one's guns standing one's ground hold the line hold one's ground dug in hold the fort standing pat thoughtless pontifical fanatical unmoving changeless definite ordering imperial dominant bidding by the numbers inept undiplomatic bungling unabated unmovable pounding hard-headed indefatigable trying burdensome searing biased overstrict coercive OTT hard-and-fast tough nut to crack difficult prejudiced intolerant impractical speculative theoretical opinionative opinioned hanging tough bound and determined cut-and-dried zealous ideological unpragmatic unrealistic swivel-eyed hypothetical writ in stone decided upon over the top one-sided holding fixed views bigoted iron-handed officious distressing tyrannous autocratical tyrannic cocky Neronian pushy bad awful harrowing straitened wretched agonizing tortuous inhospitable scabrous agonising disastrous unendurable calamitous biting uncomfortable painful comfortless crushing discomforting wild clamorous pompous arrogant high and mighty crack-the-whip throwing weight around haughty egotistic proud violent barbaric dangerous furious fiery untamed feral unruly threatening fell fearsome bloodthirsty malevolent terrible rabid brute malignant unrestrained impetuous raging fiendish frightful convulsive frightening brutish baleful delirious monstrous incessive inhumane cutthroat raving beastly uncontrollable enraged undomesticated fearful hellish angry frantic infuriated crazed mad butcherly horrible rapacious bestial animalistic primitive tigerish venomous biffo aggers strong-willed persistent stalwart persevering strong-minded unshakable recalcitrant spirited purposeful unmalleable unbendable bloody-minded steady dedicated contrary rock-ribbed committed unreasonable vigorous iron-willed contumacious uncooperative undaunted bull-headed balky intent cussed valiant decided unmanageable mettlesome unshaken plucky cantankerous stable constant unhesitating gutsy gritty bold froward lionhearted unaccommodating doughty uncompliant stout-hearted brave decisive courageous bolshie untiring settled stubborn as a mule set in one's ways deaf to reason full of determination driven perseverant insubordinate sure emphatic purposive obstreperous ornery inelastic manful stroppy die-hard awkward true stout spunky rebellious bent upon bent frozen disobedient invulnerable untoward determinate certain inexpugnable defiant cross-grained wrong-headed bulldog restive stiffened deliberate impliable pig-headed entrenched high-spirited non-flexible strenuous fast immalleable ardent established unconquerable unbreakable unmoved final invincible obstructive wayward taut intrepid impregnable hidebound ungovernable disobliging dauntless do-or-die unamenable bent on hell-bent on hell-bent upon compact immobile heroic devoted thrawn tiresome rooted focused faithful loyal troublesome fractious enthusiastic keen inveterate importunate narrow avid undefeatable eager obsessed narrow-minded inalterable active contrarious unflappable impenetrable feisty impassable flat unmodifiable energetic four-square unbeatable enduring abiding unswervable out focussed unhelpful unqualified fearless go-getting fossilized never-failing self-assertive hell-bent mule irremovable unassailable unsurpassable unpliable insuperable ambitious motivated rebel secure locked renitent lacking compassion recusant sturdy fossilised cold-hearted insurmountable bulletproof categorical ingrained unfailing devout industrious permanent brittle inspired tense reliable enterprising aspiring thirsty fussy still desirous perfectionist obsessive prescribed monomaniacal independent striving resistant unreceptive hungry positive compulsive critical trusty impassive deep-rooted mean compulsory solidified unsupple querulous cocksure tough nut incommutable undismayed deep-seated explicit true-blue hypercritical jelled wholehearted with a heart of stone irrepressible intense unpredictable hang tough meaning business negative hell bent on self-starting hard-driving confident goal-oriented set in concrete hardy stiff as a board over-particular self-driven well-set hard to satisfy self-disciplined unbudgeable gallant valorous noncompliant exasperating diligent mullish petrified direct non-compliant firmly-based compacted blinkered high-stake winner-take-all zero-sum win-or-lose durable nonflexible bony indurated rigidified unplacatable unmollifiable inescapable unpacifiable boneheaded aching sore compressed dense unimpressionable unimpressible starched hellbent uninfluenced manly greathearted gutty stouthearted unafraid undauntable heroical resilient impertinent bullhead unrepentant uncompassionate ineluctable straight quiescent incurable unwilling never-tiring patient dependable passionate undisciplined necessary lion-hearted inordinate assured indestructible persisting cold fish proof against persuasion iron-jawed as stubborn as a mule high-powered unresponsive unsupportive undiscouraged undeterred heady hard-shell locked-in set-on outrageous extortionate convinced solid as a rock mean business thick-skinned toughened stick to guns good down-the-line pious stanch numbed annealed adventurous insoluble thorny indocile problematic knotty clear-sighted all out flat-out straight out set in your ways sagacious vehement self-confident no going back tall in the saddle on one's mettle insistent on intent upon intent on set on determined to committed to the idea of vindictive progressive pioneering unsurmountable untameable not put off not discouraged preconceived inextensible inductile thrusting agreed in place in position like death and taxes negativistic averse loath reluctant indisposed hesitant sticky inviolable self-asserting like a ball of fire self-seeking get up and go power-hungry on the make eager beaver power-loving high-reaching desiring success arranged preset cold-blooded firm in spirit perceptive keen as mustard animated tough-minded resourceful take charge penal predetermined allotted confirmed specified prearranged allegiant liege unquestioning tried-and-true trustworthy consumed compelled nonmoving safe nonstretchable whole-hearted defined decreed precise with one's feet dug in with one's toes dug in all-or-nothing unbudging possessed mandatory conclusive dictated irrevocable carved in stone written in earnest planned express nonmotile prevailing seasoned irresistible supreme untouchable unattackable rheumatic galvanized impelled unblinking sky-high consistent going non-stretchable immotile definitive stipulated stated induced fixated obsessional unitary undifferentiated uniform not cooperative perpetual in the bag not subject to change fastidious boorish argumentative finicky pushed steered guided impulsive besetting galvanised judgmental chiseled chiselled irritable vexed testy choosy captious snappy temperamental chippy quarrelsome disputative oafish prickly bearish huffy delicate overcritical irascible particular ungracious grumbly finical hard to handle invidious sensitive ill-natured crotchety uppity touchy discontented dissatisfied rude crabby irritating impolite disputatious through-and-through indelible sacrosanct ageless well-established hearty impermeable unquestionable downright unchallengeable overexacting exigent cavilling nagging lasting unvaried ineradicable unchanged monolithic small-minded quibbling disparaging possessive sticklerish faultfinding overscrupulous needy hairsplitting caviling censuring cavillous lusty fascistic unequivocal egotistical urged on limiting enforceable traditional customary conventional classical sealed burning unquenchable granite cynical demeaning carping censorious anchored water-resistant imperviable watertight waterproof nailed quiet hitched hooked situated attached stationary located fixed as the laws of the Medes and Persians legislating sanctioned didactic preceptive normative accepted made fast high-maintenance untouched immune closed unaffected complex rule-bound over-rigorous fault-finding over-strict over-exacting over-censorious water-repellent hermetic proof complicated prescriptive unpierceable inaccessible unapproachable impervious hermetically sealed rainproof bureaucratic involved

Adjective

Forbidding or grim in appearance
grim forbidding serious somber steely harsh humorless humourless bitter frowning implacable intimidating moody solemn sombre sour sullen surly angry fiery furious glum hostile inhospitable joyless morose stark stony unfriendly ungentle unsmiling brooding cheerless cold crabby critical dark disapproving mean mortified no-nonsense unappeasable flinty boot-faced cast-iron severe dour austere fierce gruff grave lowering louring rough rugged sedate staid sober earnest weighty dismal uncomic gloomy bleak sobersided dreary intense mournful funereal unhumorous ferocious hard threatening forlorn drab stony-faced poker-faced po-faced glowering menacing deadpan sad gray grey dull unapproachable downbeat subdued unwelcoming frosty serious-minded miserable dry long-faced stiff aloof vicious desolate depressing uninviting comfortless tough straight boring tedious sulky unhappy scowling frightening unamusing strict wretched depressive doleful grumpy grim-faced resolute melancholy dispiriting disconsolate dire morbid drear cantankerous tenebrific sepulchral depressed plutonian lugubrious tenebrous godforsaken saturnine lonesome black blue dreich elegiac lonely elegiacal sourpuss chill down Cimmerian hurting darkening muted straight-faced quiet heavy-going gaunt unsympathetic impassive expressionless businesslike douce puritanical blank pokerfaced chilly cool disagreeable nasty contemplative pensive aggressive aggrieved indignant foreboding ominous temperamental aggravated enraged formidable distant pitiless repellent off-putting abhorrent fearsome unrestrained crabbed churlish callous fiendish frightful resolved thoughtful introspective reflective composed ruminative cutthroat beastly fell sinister savage cross horrible hellish bestial venomous splenetic grouchy truculent crusty bound and determined bookish unplayful deep in thought bad-tempered ill-tempered mean-looking icy frigid strait-laced significant profound consequential exigent substantial vital material urgent pivotal major important crucial considerable key monumental portentous appreciable acute eventful heavyweight momentous major league heavy-duty hefty big heavy underlined difficult cold sober of great import no joke of moment of great importance life and death of great consequence high-priority life-and-death no laughing matter of significance all-important matter of life and death of consequence big deal far-reaching

Adjective

Not having or showing feeling or sympathy
stony unfeeling hard callous heartless unsympathetic merciless pitiless ruthless insensitive cold uncharitable inhuman unmerciful inhumane remorseless unsparing harsh compassionless obdurate cruel affectless indurate indifferent uncaring severe soulless stonyhearted ironhearted pachydermatous desensitised desensitized unemotional insensate cool impassive unresponsive frigid unfriendly blank unforgiving expressionless deadpan inflexible hardened unbending tough unmoved steely icy flinty frosty unyielding inexorable uncompromising unrelenting uncompassionate chilly firm hostile unwelcoming fixed adamant coldhearted adamantine Rhadamanthine hard-hearted cold-blooded case-hardened hard-boiled cold-hearted stony-hearted thick-skinned slash-and-burn take-no-prisoners poker-faced lacking compassion marble-hearted stoney brutal strict relentless mean unkind barbarous unpitying implacable hardhearted fierce savage cut-throat sadistic rigid grim draconian barbaric rigorous bloodthirsty brutish intolerant hard-nosed illiberal inclement authoritarian exacting heavy-handed ferocious vicious unremitting unappeasable cutthroat dog-eat-dog malevolent vindictive inconsiderate mean-spirited austere monstrous murderous ramrod ironfisted spiteful really hard with a heart of stone hurtful wanton tyrannous maleficent truculent wolfish violent bestial rough oppressive tyrannical hard as nails stringent killer rancorous fell mortal feral revengeful surly demanding punishing without pity unloving solid punitive constant vengeful ungenerous unconcerned selfish thoughtless heedless intense cynical unpleasant self-centred without sentiment unsentimental stingy unfair ungracious hard-headed world-weary hard-bitten browbeating cold fish gruff no-nonsense bullying unchristian censorious tormenting torturous indurated unflinching unsympathizing self-centered lacking sentiment hard-line hard-edged hard-shelled obstinate headstrong very hard despotic dour abusive dictatorial iron-fisted toughened by experience suppressive onerous uncalled-for mean machine having a killer instinct as tough as old boots as hard as nails hardhanded hard-shell critical homicidal wicked evil fiendish devilish diabolical heinous abominable atrocious vile hideous ghastly nasty malicious malignant nefarious bloodless beastly dastardly depraved immoral sanguinary pernicious brute roughshod wrathful virulent hateful slaughterous butcherly

Adjective

Sharp or severe in manner or style
astringent severe harsh acerbic caustic austere mordant sharp cutting rough exacting incisive penetrating piercing sarcastic sardonic scathing searing stinging strict trenchant acerb cruel grim hard hurtful poisonous rigid rigorous spiteful unkind vicious waspish wounding acidulous catty mordacious sarky snarky stringent acetic acrid biting bitter tonic acrimonious barbed vitriolic nasty malicious venomous abrasive scalding corrosive pungent acidic brusque satirical satiric acid pointed keen smart-alecky rancorous smart-aleck smart-mouthed rude devastating critical virulent tart unfriendly churlish razor-edged scornful mean derisive mocking cynical savage vindictive withering hostile contemptuous scorching hateful ironical sneering scoffing taunting offensive disrespectful irascible salty arrogant jeering ironic disparaging dry malign carping ferocious ill-natured snide malignant pernicious antagonistic angry corroding backhanded derisory splenetic chaffing rapier-like evil slashing fierce burning malevolent wry bilious brutal aggressive truculent saucy needling contumelious scurrilous maleficent polemic twitting captious malefic vengeful ornery poignant weisenheiming evil-intentioned squint-eyed erosive heartless blistering callous acute choleric cussed wise unsparing envenomed belittling abusive violent snarling disillusioned baleful ridiculing testy double-edged hate-filled crabbed bad-tempered ill-tempered disdainful pithy snappy extremely critical belligerent contentious unpleasant embittered witty antipathetic alkaline irreverent impertinent destructive derogatory telling vitriolous crisp cold ireful pugnacious wrathful curt snappish snippy acetose short disapproving unblunted resentful merciless censorious cantankerous cross provocative salt exciting racy forceful stimulating dripping with malice sharp-worded thoughtless inconsiderate peppery ungracious tongue-in-cheek unrelenting edged cranky crabby indignant irate peevish pitiless sadistic ruthless wanton offended implacable begruding grudging sore insulted cold-blooded clever implausible ridiculous defiant contradictory exaggerated backbiting alert burlesque jibing atypical twisted uncomplimentary curious spicy quick-witted dissolvent oxidizing eroding anti-alkaline disintegrative bleaching rusting heated oxidising fiery querulous impassioned bristling argumentative inflammable icy uncomfortable spirited inimical intolerant tempestuous lively ill-humored lawless disagreeable antisocial disputatious quarrelsome ugly passionate manic hysterical ill-humoured uneasy eating away

Adjective

Very severe or serious
extreme radical excessive dire drastic desperate harsh severe strict unbending uncompromising far-reaching forceful inordinate momentous serious tough consequential exaggerated exceptional heavy immoderate outrageous remorseless rigid sharp substantial undue unmitigated unreasonable unrelenting unusual unyielding zealous austere draconian egregious exorbitant extravagant fanatical punishing punitive rigorous steep stiff absolute baroque devilish downright ferocious flagrant gross intemperate oppressive overkill preposterous remarkable thorough uncommon unconscionable unconventional unmerciful unseemly fabulous fancy improper imprudent insane intolerable irrational lavish nonsensical overdue overextravagant overmuch overweening plethoric sheer swingeing towering utter out-and-out over the top too much O.T.T. out of proportion disproportionate unwarranted extortionate unrestrained uncalled for needless uncalled-for unmeasurable superfluous OTT stringent a bit much high unnecessary prodigal dizzying profuse sky-high unfair profligate enormous unjustifiable unwarrantable strong unjust wanton cruel surplus great extra superabundant hard overabundant unjustified way out complete inflexible self-indulgent overindulgent uncurbed over-the-top stratospheric firm redundant overboard monstrous uncontrolled abounding unbridled rough too great pricey unrestricted overpriced in excess fulsome violent brutal extraordinary immense whopping unbounded dissipated monumental gratuitous huge tremendous exacting boundless super limitless hard-nosed dear criminal illogical elevated too-too absonant arbitrary over the odds overflowing wild up to here copious sweeping unacceptable too many unneeded costing an arm and a leg diametrical out of all proportion direct ample extensive single-minded unlimited exact vast epic ridiculous massive astronomical riotous indulgent ruthless recrementitious supernatural more wasteful giant major relentless prodigious intractable fantastic pitiless senseless overblown considerable far-out posh unrightful unlawful wrongful peremptory supererogatory iron-fisted savage hard-line out of bounds large diehard hardline imposing reckless de trop significant undeviating intransigent unmerited inexcusable expensive undeserved grandiose dissipative debauched supreme unprovoked excess unbalanced outstanding grim very great unhampered unchecked exceeding big shocking spare prohibitive elaborate abundant rampant gigantic prolific hardhanded authoritarian uninhibited profound magnificent appalling liberal over impressive colossal intense wicked unstinting nasty supernumerary dramatic mountainous cast-iron brassbound ludicrous advanced not required plentiful exuberant generous galore diabolical mammoth remaining gushing horrifying humongous dispensable inhuman teeming luxuriant bountiful expendable out of control useless crawling with no end opulent a dime a dozen sumptuous alive with aplenty thick with profusive plenty tyrannical swarming bounteous openhanded callous stupendous effusive above average hardheaded demanding inexorable uncivilised uncivilized ungodly unwanted overgenerous polar gushy imperious unsympathetic heavy-handed nonessential hard-core steadfast leftover vicious merciless unrequired residuary illegitimate dyed-in-the-wool pleonastic superfluent unasked by the book harmful over the limit overripe marked distinct unreasoned Draconian wildly excessive costly indiscriminate going too far untempered punitory very too passionate uncontrollable absurd theatrical overdone unpardonable indefensible unforgivable raw dissolute unhindered tempestuous abandoned runaway unsuitable inappropriate voluminous ungovernable incontinent open-handed non-essential unreserved definite tall greedy sizable sizeable blown up out of all proportion fancy-pants very high unbecoming very expensive lofty a lot far-fetched onerous grievous wrong despotic summary soaring inept untimely ill-advised underhanded unapt unfitting forbidden indecorous sinister inapt ill-timed illegal unseasonable imbalanced unfeeling abrasive grossly excessive substantive ruinous crippling bitter rugged off complicated unused unproductive disposable inflated excessively high extremely high suppressive repressive without justification unkind heartless insensitive inconsiderate decadent murderous trying excruciating burdensome searing left over waste to spare forcible ostentatious ambitious complex outré heightened escalated handsome increased healthy jacked up entire diametric surplus to requirements extraneous on your hands unessential headstrong a bit thick out of order striking multistorey sky-scraping rowdy curt immodest audacious bold intricate daylight robbery highway robbery costing a bomb a rip-off comprehensive thoroughgoing exhaustive hard-hitting truculent virulent robust costing the earth out of sight over one's head paramount titanic Brobdingnagian surpassing superior altitudinous abnormal intensified total unthinkable inconceivable sneaky conscienceless knavish reprehensible barbarous unholy lordly commanding showy improvident inessential sophisticated very severe staunch adamant hard-boiled unwavering indurate ungiving militant infinite immeasurable astronomic transcendent hulking sublime stellar ginormous tight mega mighty unfettered thumping silly monster gargantuan pervasive difficult involved fierce airy imperial preeminent spiring aerial unmatchable ultimate towery skyscraping beyond the pale dour grave ultra iconoclastic revolutionary ballsy fanciful grand adventurous heroic super-duper binding stand pat uncharitable solid disciplinarian resolved dogged obdurate hardened hard-hearted unforgiving obstinate no-nonsense resolute ascetical immovable domineering hardhearted browbeating mulish ossified formidable stiff-necked ascetic unsparing determined unflinching pressing astringent autocratic disciplinary bullheaded set compelling poignant valid powerful acrimonious drawing picky unpermissive ironclad convincing brick-wall confining not giving an inch tricky supererogative lush wide-ranging scandalous atrocious root-and-branch top-to-bottom by the numbers hard and fast dead set on terrible horrible disgraceful heinous infamous abominable villainous offensive unspeakable nefarious abhorrent horrendous beastly iniquitous evil odious dreadful horrid hideous loathsome shameful nauseating ghastly foul unbearable vile sickening insupportable unendurable insufferable barbaric infernal fiendish maddening exasperating impossible distressing execrable godawful hellacious depraving flagitious debasing contumelious scurrilous malevolent shaming disgracing ignoble despicable contemptible debauching corrupt notorious degenerate sinful opprobrious very bad

Adjective

Not friendly
unfriendly hostile antagonistic cold disagreeable chilly sour surly aloof distant inimical unsympathetic cool frosty inhospitable misanthropic uncongenial unsociable aggressive antisocial frigid ill-natured unamicable unneighbourly unpleasant unaffable unkind unsocial unwelcoming quarrelsome reserved stand-offish unapproachable withdrawn disdainful haughty impersonal indifferent nasty severe stiff supercilious uncommunicative unforthcoming adversarial adversary antipathetic antiseptic arctic brittle chill clammy cold-blooded cold-eyed coldish discourteous frozen gelid glacial hard-eyed icy impolite jaundiced menacing mortal negative obnoxious rude uncivil uncordial ungracious unmannerly wintery wintry cross ill-disposed Olympian starchy acrimonious against censorious combative competitive conflicting contrary disaffected estranged grouchy grudging gruff hateful malicious malignant opposed opposite spiteful uncharitable unneighborly unpromising vengeful warlike not on speaking terms stony forbidding standoffish fierce hard unemotional emotionless steely ungregarious ungenial asocial unresponsive uncompanionable solitary remote uninvolved formal unhappy depressing off-putting discouraging unenthusiastic cold as ice cold-hearted undemonstrative detached unfeeling offish restrained apathetic dispassionate passionless unconcerned unbending heartless insensitive austere reticent taciturn wooden controlled disinterested diffident ceremonious inhibited unloving repellent uncaring lukewarm self-controlled unclubbable standoff impassive retiring shy secretive dry quiet self-contained close-mouthed demure unmoved close cautious modest prim untouched bashful gentle mild serene soft-spoken peaceful noncommittal sedate collected composed reclusive placid backward eremitic conventional calm phlegmatic buttoned-up stoical impassible affectless stoic stolid numb self-restrained unstirred rigid passive guarded cold-shoulder uppity loveless unexpressive callous introverted dead deadpan blank bland hollow vacant expressionless toneless obdurate nowhere unaffected imperturbable nonemotional unimpassioned immovable flat laid back cruel halfhearted tough harsh aversive repugnant mean unpitying uncompassionate matter-of-fact cool, calm and collected stony-eyed unsavoury iced objectionable unattractive inapproachable unlikeable inaccessible seclusive contemptuous withering malign malevolent flinty silent unsmiling bad-tempered off lifeless hesitant ill-tempered unsavory private constrained media-shy closemouthed shrinking timid tight-lipped laconic self-effacing dumb retired snobbish abstracted neutral incurious casual removed preoccupied uninterested introvert impartial ardorless thick-skinned impervious impotent unromantic laid-back stuck up putting on airs pokerfaced straight-faced poker-faced stuffy proud insociable arrogant stuck-up mean-looking put on airs keeping people at arm's length

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Characterized by severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence
ascetic abstemious abstinent frugal austere celibate severe spartan monastic monkish puritanical anchoritic chaste cloistered continent eremitic hermitic nunlike reclusive rigorous solitary Spartan strict abstaining ascetical disciplined harsh monklike mortified self-abnegating other-worldly self-denying non-indulgent self-disciplined hair-shirt temperate moderate sober abstentious restrained simple self-restrained withdrawn teetotal economical meagre secluded meager hermit-like sequestered sparing cheap hermetic stringent self-controlled rigid controlled self-restraining inhibited moderating scant scanty plain insufficient skimpy paltry dry forbearing inexpensive retiring isolated modest bridled curbed contemplative exacting fuel-saving fuel-efficient energy-efficient energy-saving nonindulgent solemn cenobitic conventual quiet introverted unsociable antisocial seclusive misanthropic recluse single refraining straightlaced forgoing self-possessed eschewing constrained abnegating meditative monachal cloistral coenobitic secluse reserved lone eremitical standoffish virgin unmarried oblate self-sacrificing virginal strait-laced husbandless spouseless unwed wifeless pure shut away maiden intact nunnish maidenly thrifty virtuous provident saving careful prudent unwasteful canny parsimonious scrimping sensible cautious miserly penny-pinching forehanded ungenerous grasping close-fisted stingy tight cheese-paring tight-fisted economizing mingy cheeseparing penny-wise chary economising conserving meticulous discreet wary preserving tightwad mean close penurious chintzy avaricious closefisted illiberal tightfisted spare uncharitable stinting pinching near greedy pinchpenny pennywise Scrooge-like money-grubbing skimping curmudgeonly selfish skinflinty petty covetous churlish costive grudging acquisitive ungiving careful with money scrimpy miserable circumspect ironfisted shrewd wise far-sighted efficient cost-effective time-saving work-saving money-saving grabby watchful prudential methodical practical cheapskate hungry snoep money-grabbing on the rims skinflint rapacious beggarly money-conscious hard-fisted narrow financially savvy economic budget-conscious Scotch mercenary tight-wad stewardly hoarding cost-conscious extortionate ignoble sagacious forearmed politic equipped judicious well-prepared vigilant commonsensical foresighted forethoughtful far-seeing expedient prepared

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Inclined to find fault too readily
overcritical cavilling captious carping fault-finding hypercritical pedantic pernickety hair-splitting over-censorious over-particular picky quibbling caviling critical fastidious faultfinding finicky fussy hairsplitting hard to please judgmental meticulous nit-picking over-exacting overparticular overscrupulous pass-remarkable perfectionist punctilious rejective analytical belittling biting calumniatory cavillous censorious censuring choleric condemning contemptuous critic cutting cynical demanding demeaning derogatory diagnostic disapproving discerning discriminating disparaging exacting exceptive harsh humbling judgy lowering nagging niggling nitpicking overnice particular penetrating reproachful sarcastic satirical scolding severe sharp trenchant withering condemnatory deprecatory denunciatory reproving scathing denouncing full of reproof castigatory unforgiving culpatory accusatory vituperative reprehending reproaching complaining chiding severely critical frowning criticizing discouraging dissatisfied unfavorable pejorative disapprobatory unfavourable boot-faced damning hostile knocking displeased negative slating criticising pettifogging accusing reprobative judgemental reprobatory admonitory over-rigorous over-strict damnatory griping bellyaching upbraiding recriminatory incriminatory whingeing nice nit-picky querulous nitpicky persnickety difficult to please overexacting impossible to please blameful proscriptive disappointed fine admonishing opprobrious grousing grouchy moaning grumbling abusive subtle whining grouching overrefined bleating pharisaic self-righteous overexact overprecise slighting reprehensive comminatory berating kvetching accusative mithering chuntering denunciative comminative fulminatory on someone's back discontented imputative accusive deprecating unsympathetic irritable crabby trivial testy perverse thorny unfair contrary unjust touchy cantankerous peevish petty acrimonious petulant cross tricky very critical ultra-critical trying uncompromising importunate strict intractable clamorous tiresome tough obstinate rigorous dictatorial overbearing unaccommodating inflexible insistent unmanageable hard imperious troublesome stringent unbending exigent difficult unamenable fractious hardheaded firm sticklerish stiff obdurate needy possessive unsparing stubborn unflinching unreasonable hard-line serious hard to satisfy high-maintenance tyrannical

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Never relaxing or slackening
unremitting continual continuous incessant perpetual unbroken unceasing ceaseless constant relentless sustained unabating assiduous continued continuing diligent endless indefatigable inexorable interminable nonstop non-stop persistent remorseless running steady unabated unending uninterrupted unrelenting unrelieved unsparing unwavering unyielding aeonian around-the-clock chronic connected consecutive dateless enduring eternal everlasting frequent hard harsh oft-repeated ongoing permanent persisting recurrent regular repeated repetitive round-the-clock sedulous staying timeless unalleviated unchanging unfailing unflagging unvarying unwaning unwearied without respite never-ending unfaltering dogged tireless untiring unswerving determined lasting steadfast persevering perennial abiding resolute staunch undying undeviating immortal habitual unflinching fixed unstoppable tenacious unshakeable firm unwearying inexhaustible even unfluctuating imperishable weariless prolonged dedicated recurring single-minded consistent solid uniform industrious stable always-on patient ageless deathless pertinacious energetic dynamic without end infinite zealous vigorous resolved implacable decided intense active amaranthine unvacillating sure unfading invariant set insistent perdurable round the clock enthusiastic day-and-night indomitable keen dead set on periodic immovable boundless unhesitating periodical indestructible immutable changeless unqualified unflappable never-failing sempiternal undivided grim steady-going devoted lingering spirited forceful Herculean purposeful undisturbed obstinate stout laborious strong stubborn painstaking successive monotonous fast untroubled secure interminate unappeasable nagging grind perky hyper jumping indelible neverending plugging ingrained strenuous hard-working never-tiring unshakable unshaken predictable rhythmic direct without interruption without stopping inflexible long-lasting pat dependable invariable never-changing reliable stabile forever brick-wall day and night on a treadmill unchangeable equable bound and determined set in stone ever-abiding stalwart driven limitless loyal unretiring ever-enduring maintained protracted lengthy undaunted 24-hour inevitable niggling inescapable irrevocable unavoidable unlimited unintermitted faithful long pushy without ceasing cursive gnawing regularized standardised regularised straight smooth extended closed unstinting eager never-ceasing world-without-end all day long unassailable standardized stationary unchanged extensive mulish pigheaded stiff-necked bound unquestioning wholehearted long-term drawn out drawn-out through straightforward in succession deep-rooted remaining lifelong long-lived durable long-standing surviving stretched out numerous many established same rigid static sound no end to with no let-up no end of irreversible on the go ball of fire countless absolute certain well-founded always urgent for ever and ever unruffled profound deep progressive without a break without surcease bent on meaning business uncontrollable total adamant iron deep-dyed irremovable inexpungible old indissoluble longstanding perseverant going all the way go-go unstinted undeterred fireball plodding clamorous iterative a great many very many committed cast-iron nonrandom till the cows come home in for the long haul unquenchable intrusive loud noisy vociferous obtrusive focused perseverative intent unconstrained inextinguishable eager beaver all-year-round focussed unmanageable unrestrainable uncontainable insuppressible unrestrained hanging tough irrepressible incorrigible intractable wild ever-pressing dead set stout-hearted illimitable conscientious busy indefinite tough nut out of control immemorial always hell-bent ironclad unsinkable never give up termless thorough attentive ultra-careful meticulous tied-up close hopping searching elaborate punctilious studious engaged employed scrupulous particular rigorous careful bustling working occupied minute nose to grindstone stop at nothing pedantic strict religious fussy unalterable unvaried uncompromising hard-and-fast unbending level settled stringent orderly definite standing determinate final hard and fast homogeneous incommutable inalterable unmodifiable systematic true on an even keel frozen flat inexpugnable prevailing binding hard-line calm unequivocal tranquil controlled hidebound disciplined incontestable incontrovertible unaltering homogenous metrical equal matching monolithic regimented undiversified exacting ordered nonnegotiable entrenched symmetrical balanced methodical ineradicable tight regulated systematized consonant unadaptable arranged returning concrete inveterate systematised obdurate closely controlled strictly controlled iron-fisted exact stiff unmoving locked in dyed-in-the-wool solid as a rock flowing fluent sine qua non clear-cut unaffected unaltered fluid frictionless plain living classic fresh unspoiled youthful alike not changing long-established expected long-running devout impenetrable unmovable moderate temperate true to type atemporal agelong agreed yearlong annual yearly seasonal never dying non-extreme fair hard-nosed unbreakable specified hardheaded hardened deep-seated irreparable not changeable organized infallible true-blue predetermined preset rooted repetitious repeating reoccurring intermittent fossilized fixed as the laws of the Medes and the Persians perduring jelled solid as rock going on well-established sacrosanct neat tidy well grounded similar severe telling indisputable convinced satisfied confident valid indubitable positive undeniable real genuine doubtless free from doubt convincing unquestionable for a fact clear persuaded assured well-set unitary undifferentiated for keeps like the Rock of Gibralter equivalent identical dull strictly regulated composed intransigent fail-safe surefire can't-miss unerring set in concrete organised well-organized well-ordered restricted staying put patterned measured austere bottomless serene forever and a day fated fateful well-proportioned ossified normal compatible plumb well-balanced tough authoritarian brassbound fossilised ramrod unpermissive incompliant congruous mechanical harmonious accordant alternating punctual precise cyclic serial tried and true tried-and-true delivering there come-through trustworthy rock solid tried and tested counted on bullheaded peaceful sedate recollected placid possessed coolheaded limpid unemotional collected cool on a tight rein writ in stone tough nut to crack cut-and-dried strait-laced decided upon heavy-handed undoubting of a piece unperturbed together unworried in order fixed as the laws of the Medes and Persians confining in a straight line self-composed self-possessed even-tempered draconian rigidly enforced remove more … than one can shake a stick at

Adjective

Easily offended or shocked, especially by sexual matters
prudish prim puritanical Victorian formal niminy-piminy old-maidish priggish prissy schoolmarmish starchy strait-laced stuffy moralistic puritan bluenosed demure goody-goody governessy mimsy narrow-minded nice-nelly old-maid overmodest overnice proper schoolmistressy squeamish straightlaced straitlaced affected artificial austere bigoted conventional fastidious finicky genteel Grundyish illiberal mincing narrow offish overexact precise pretentious rigid rigorous scrupulous severe simpering square stiff stilted uptight prim and proper ascetic forbidding pietistic tight-laced disapproving fanatical spartan sententious strict censorious hair-shirt moral abstinent abstemious conforming nice fussy smug conservative fuddy-duddy punctilious pompous stick-in-the-mud particular pernickety Pecksniffian straight staid respectable polite old-fashioned decorous correct refined self-righteous precious of the old school sanctimonious shockable sedate upright holier-than-thou overparticular po-faced pedantic self-satisfied choosy honourable honorable ceremonious delicate square-toed seemly meticulous dignified nit-picking snobbish gentlemanly sober mannerly decent courteous befitting ladylike fogeyish goody-two-shoes virtuous reserved well-mannered de rigueur overscrupulous pious timid prude Pharisaic timorous niggly hypocritical complacent vain pi epicene straight-laced god-fearing unctuous PC overcautious blue-nose cleanly good dapper stickling ceremonial spic-and-span spruce wooden stodgy conscientious principled becoming politically correct goody two-shoes namby-pamby mannered starched solemn old-womanish upstanding high-minded fit right stiff-necked suitable modest fitting righteous ethical right-minded orthodox done impersonal deadly musty conformist in line comme il faut by the book meet comely by the numbers humourless fusty old-fogeyish foetid self-important hot bloated warm fetid arrogant smoky supercilious humorless as dry as dust smelly magisterial important puffy discriminating picky dainty demanding discerning sensitive critical exacting inflexible fine cultured finical pure persnickety sharp choosey keen selective cultivated perceptive faddy fussbudgety faddish finicking perfectionist acute careful elegant polished hypercritical nitpicking overdelicate hard to please over-particular difficult to please impossible to please nit-picky sophisticated civil courtly urbane stylish well-bred civilized gracious couth accomplished well bred posh well mannered distingué fashionable chivalrous patronising ostentatious confined la-di-da civilised intolerant hollow patronizing well-behaved snooty discreet graceful condescending

Antonym of stern

stern Idiom, Proverb

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