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Definition 1: the physical property of being inflexible and hard to bend - [noun denoting attribute]

(stiffness is a kind of ...) the lack of elasticity

Definition 2: the property of moving with pain or difficulty - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where stiffness or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he awoke with a painful stiffness in his neck

(stiffness is a kind of ...) the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant

Definition 3: the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment) - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for stiffness in the sense of this definition

(stiffness is a kind of ...) the quality of lacking refinement and good taste

(... is a kind of stiffness ) the quality of being wooden and awkward

"he criticized the woodenness of the acting" "there was a certain woodenness in his replies"

(... is a kind of stiffness ) the quality of being rustic or gauche

Definition 4: excessive sternness - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where stiffness or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • severity of character
  • the harshness of his punishment was inhuman
  • the rigors of boot camp

Synonyms for stiffness in the sense of this definition

(stiffness is a kind of ...) uncompromising resolution

Definition 5: firm resoluteness in purpose or opinion or action - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where stiffness or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a charming host without any touch of stiffness or pomposity

(stiffness is a kind of ...) the trait of being resolute

"his resoluteness carried him through the battle" "it was his unshakeable resolution to finish the work"

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