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Strict, 1) tight, close: “she wildly breaketh from their s. embrace,” Ven. 874.
2) exact, accurate, rigorously nice; a) used of things: “keep the obsequy so s.” Phoen. 12. “s. statutes and most biting laws,” Meas. I, 3, 19. “a more s. restraint,” I, 4, 4. “other s. observances,” LLL I, 1, 36. “the --est decrees,” LLL I, 1, 36 “with what s. patience have I sat,” IV, 3, 165 (German: mit peinlicher Geduld). “my s. fast,” R2 II, 1, 80. “I will call him to so s. account,” H4A III, 2, 149. “keep aloof from s. arbitrement,” IV, 1, 70. “your s. preciseness,” H6A V, 4, 67. “such s. and severe covenants,” H6A V, 4, 67 “you undergo too s. a paradox, striving to make an ugly deed look fair,” Tim. III, 5, 24 (== what is too strictly, too positively a paradox?). “law is s.” Tim. III, 5, 24 “this s. and most observant watch,” Hml. I, 1, 71. “take no --er render,” Cymb. V, 4, 17. “our s. edict,” Per. I, 1, 111. “this s. charge,” II, 1, 131. -- b) of persons, == 1) severe, proceeding by exact rules: “the s. deputy,” Meas. I, 2, 186. “this s. court of Venice,” Merch. IV, 1, 204. “I was too s. to make mine own away,” R2 I, 3, 244. “this fell sergeant, death, is s. in his arrest,” Hml. V, 2, 348. 2) rigorous, hard, cruel: “the s. fates,” Per. III, 3, 8.
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