ETYM Latin astringens, p. pr. of astringere: cf. French astringent. Related to Astringe.
Tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue.
1. Of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; SYN. stern.
2. Severely simple; SYN. severe, stark.
3. Strict in moral outlook; extremely simple; without ornamentation; severe; sharp.
ETYM Cf. French dur, Latin durus hard.
Harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance; SYN. forbidding, grim.
1. Pertaining to Draco, a famous lawgiver of Athens, 621 B.C.
2. Overly severe or harsh.
Oppressive or unreasonably severe in making demands or requiring the exact fulfillment of obligations; harsh; severe.
ETYM From Fine.
Exacting especially about details; SYN. finicky, fussy, particular.
Excessively precise in trivial matters.
1. Not yielding to pressure or easily penetrated
2. Metaphorically hard
3. Dried out
4. Into a solid condition
5. Unfortunate or hard to bear; SYN. tough.
6. Very strong or vigorous; SYN. knockout, severe.
7. Having a high alcoholic content; SYN. strong.
8. Said of a drinker or drinking; indulging intemperately; SYN. heavy.
9. Permanent, fixed, or physically defined; unchangeable by the ordinary operation of a computer system. See also hard copy, hard error, hard return, hard-sectored disk. Compare soft (definition 1).
10. Retaining magnetization even in the absence of an external magnetic field. Compare soft (definition 2).
ETYM Latin imperativus, from imperare to command; pref. im- in + parare to make ready, prepare: cf. French impératif. Related to Perade, Empire.
1. Requiring attention or action.
2. (Grammar) Relating to verbs in the imperative mood.
1. Limited in size or scope
2. Not wide
3. Very limited in degree
ETYM Latin rigidus, from rigere to be stiff or numb: cf. French rigide. Related to Rigor.
1. Incapable of or resistant to bending; SYN. stiff.
2. Incapable of compromise or flexibility; SYN. strict.
3. (Aeronautics) Designating an airship or dirigible having a form maintained by a stiff unyielding frame or structure.
ETYM French rigoureux, Late Lat. rigorosus. Related to Rigor.
1. Demanding strict attention to rules and procedures; SYN. stringent, tight.
2. Rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard; SYN. strict.
1. Intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality; SYN. terrible, wicked.
2. Unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment; SYN. spartan, strict.
3. Very bad in degree or extent
1. (Nautical) Pertaining to the after part of a vessel.
2. Severe and unremitting in making demands; SYN. strict, exacting.
1. Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice
2. Tense; not relaxed
3. Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous.
4. Rigidly interpreted; exactly limited; restricted
ETYM Latin stringens, -entis, p. pr. of stringere to draw or bind tight. Related to Strain.
1. Morally strict.
2. Restringing; astringent.
3. Strict; tight; cogent.