Just then, up came my father, with a sternness in his looks that made me tremble.
"Get out of this," he said, with the sternness of wrath suppressed.
The sternness of age and the austerity of censoriousness are now silent.
His thin lips tightened; the sternness of his ace increased.
Dr. Branner was as kind to his boys as he was stern when sternness was needed.