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Severe, rigid, hard, merciless: “the boar, that bloody beast, which knows no pity, but is still s.” Ven. 1000 (rhyming). “it shall be merciful and too s.” Ven. 1000 “Lord Angelo is s.” Meas. II, 1, 296. “O just but s. law,” II, 2, 41. III, 2, 267. “he who the sword of heaven will bear should be as holy as s.” III, 2, 267 “with eyes s. and beard of formal cut,” As II, 7, 155. “such strict and s. covenants,” H6A V, 4, 114. “the rigour of --st law,” Rom. V, 3, 269. “you are too s. a moraler,” Oth. II, 3, 301.
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