Strict a. [Compar. Stricter superl. Strictest.]
1. Strained; drawn close; tight; as, a strict embrace; a strict ligature.
2. Tense; not relaxed; as, a strict fiber.
3. Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice; as, to keep strict watch; to pay strict attention.
It shall be still in strictest measure. --Milton.
4. Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous; as, very strict in observing the Sabbath. “Through the strict senteries.”
5. Rigidly; interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted; as, to understand words in a strict sense.
6. Bot. Upright, or straight and narrow; -- said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters.
Syn: -- Exact; accurate; nice; close; rigorous; severe.
Usage: Strict, Severe. Strict, applied to a person, denotes that he conforms in his motives and acts to a principle or code by which he is bound; severe is strict with an implication often, but not always, of harshness. Strict is opposed to lax; severe is opposed to gentle.
And rules as strict his labored work confine,
As if the Stagirite o'erlooked each line. --Pope.
Soon moved with touch of blame, thus Eve: -
“What words have passed thy lips, Adam severe!” --Milton.
The Strict Observance, or Friars of the Strict Observance. R. C. Ch. See Observance.
adj 1: (of rules) stringently enforced; "hard-and-fast rules" [syn:
2: rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard;
"rigorous application of the law"; "a strict vegetarian"
3: incapable of compromise or flexibility [syn: rigid]
4: not indulgent; "strict parents" [syn: nonindulgent]
5: unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment; "a
parent severe to the pitch of hostility"- H.G.Wells; "a
hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien"; "a strict
disciplinarian"; "a Spartan upbringing" [syn: severe, spartan]
6: severe and unremitting in making demands; "an exacting
instructor"; "a stern disciplinarian"; "strict standards"
[syn: stern, exacting]