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Stiffer Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Stiff \Stiff\, a. [Compar. Stiffer; superl. Stiffest.] [OE. stif, AS. st[=i]f; akin to D. stijf, G. steif, Dan. stiv, Sw. styf, Icel. st[=i]fr, Lith. stipti to be stiff; cf. L. stipes a post, trunk of a tree, stipare to press, compress. Cf. Costive, Stifle, Stipulate, Stive to stuff.]
  1. Not easily bent; not flexible or pliant; not limber or flaccid; rigid; firm; as, stiff wood, paper, joints. [They] rising on stiff pennons, tower The mid a["e]rial sky. --Milton.
  2. Not liquid or fluid; thick and tenacious; inspissated; neither soft nor hard; as, the paste is stiff.
  3. Firm; strong; violent; difficult to oppose; as, a stiff gale or breeze.
  4. Not easily subdued; unyielding; stubborn; obstinate; pertinacious; as, a stiff adversary. It is a shame to stand stiff in a foolish argument. --Jer. Taylor. A war ensues: the Cretans own their cause, Stiff to defend their hospitable laws. --Dryden.
  5. Not natural and easy; formal; constrained; affected; starched; as, stiff behavior; a stiff style. The French are open, familiar, and talkative; the Italians stiff, ceremonious, and reserved. --Addison.
  6. Harsh; disagreeable; severe; hard to bear. [Obs. or Colloq.] ``This is stiff news.'' --Shak.
  7. (Naut.) Bearing a press of canvas without careening much; as, a stiff vessel; -- opposed to crank. --Totten.
  8. Very large, strong, or costly; powerful; as, a stiff charge; a stiff price. [Slang] Stiff neck, a condition of the neck such that the head can not be moved without difficulty and pain. Syn: Rigid; inflexible; strong; hardly; stubborn; obstinate; pertinacious; harsh; formal; constrained; affected; starched; rigorous.
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    * The good devout man first makes inner preparation for the actions he has later to perform. His outward actions do not draw him into lust and vice rather it is he who bends them into the shape of reason and right judgement. Who has a stiffer battle to fight than the man who is striving to conquer himself. - Thomas a Kempis


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    • Stiffer penalties for the sale of botcha pushed (Congress of the Philippines)
      (Source: Congress of the Philippines) Lawmakers are pushing for stiffer penalties for the importation, distribution and selling of double dead meat more commonly known as botcha to prevent its proliferation in the country especially in Metro Manila. Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo... Read more on this news related to 'Stiffer'
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      Lawmakers are pushing for stiffer penalties for the importation, distribution and selling of double dead meat more commonly known as botcha to prevent its proliferation in the country especially in Metro Manila. Read more on this news related to 'Stiffer'
    • Sex offenders appealing stiffer Megan's Law registration
      When Pennsylvania implemented the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act in December 2012 to comply with the federal Adam Walsh Act, the new state law was made retroactive for some sex offenders. Read more on this news related to 'Stiffer'

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