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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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      Hours after TMZ released the surveillance video showing Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his soon-to-be wife, Janay Palmer, in the face at a hotel casino last February, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) again called on the NFL to impose sanctions stiffer than the two-game suspension Rice received in July. "The video released today emphasizes how Read more on this news related to 'Stiffer'
    • Supreme Court rules out stiffer sentences in Thyssen case
      (ANSA) - Turin, September 18 - Sentences handed down to senior officials with steelmaker ThyssenKrupp for their convictions over the deaths of seven workers at a plant fire in 2007 must be redefined but they cannot be increased, the Supreme Court of Cassation said in its written explanation of an earlier ruling ordering a new appeals-level trial, published Thursda Read more on this news related to 'Stiffer'

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