|1.||showing uncompromising or inflexible resolve; firm, strict, or authoritarian|
|2.||lacking leniency or clemency; harsh or severe|
|3.||relentless; unyielding: the stern demands of parenthood|
|4.||having an austere or forbidding appearance or nature|
|[Old English styrne; related to Old High German stornēn to alarm, Latin sternāx stubborn, Greek stereos hard]|
see from soup to nuts (stem to stern).