Last night a person in our group was describing another fellow as stringent. I told him I had never heard a person described with this word and instead stern or exacting might be better. I Also said that only rules, guidelines, laws, etc are usually modified with this adjective. This person has been a school teacher in the past and I was the only one in the group who had any problem with his usage of this word in this fashion. Could anyone give me any help with this question?
To include exact context as best as I remember, he was referring to people who have a stringent personality (as being very religious, legalistic) saying they are usually very insecure people. I immediately said, "don't you mean strident instead of stringent? to which he quite correctly answered that the two words have different meanings and he does mean stringent. Thanks for the answers. I really agree with hot licks, that it is certainly unusual. I love reading and have always been a bookworm and have never seen the word used like this before.