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severe
WordNet 2.0
  • causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
  • "a dangerous operation"
  • "a grave situation"
  • "a grave illness"
  • "grievous bodily harm"
  • "a serious wound"
  • "a serious turn of events"
  • "a severe case of pneumonia"
  • "a life-threatening disease"
  • very bad in degree or extent
  • "a severe worldwide depression"
  • "the house suffered severe damage"
  • 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"
  • intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality
  • "severe pain"
  • "a severe case of flu"
  • "a terrible cough"
  • "under wicked fire from the enemy''s guns"
  • "a wicked cough"
  • severely simple
  • "a stark interior"
  • very strong or vigorous
  • "strong winds"
  • "a hard left to the chin"
  • "a knockout punch"
  • "a severe blow"
severe
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Serious in feeeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful.

    "Your looks alter, as your subject does, From kind to fierce, from wanton to severe." -- Waller.

    2. Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment. "Custody severe." Milton.

    "Come! you are too severe a moraler." -- Shak.

    "Let your zeal, if it must be expressed in anger, be always more severe against thyself than against others." -- Jer. Taylor.

    3. Rigidly methodical, or adherent to rule or principle; exactly conformed to a standard; not allowing or employing unneccessary ornament, amplification, etc.; strict; -- said of style, argument, etc. "Restrained by reason and severe principles." Jer. Taylor.

    "The Latin, a most severe and compendious language." -- Dryden.

    4. Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold.

    5. Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test.

    Syn. -- Strict; grave; austere; stern; morose; rigid; exact; rigorous; hard; rough; harsh; censorious; tart; acrimonious; sarcastic; satirical; cutting; biting; keen; bitter; cruel. See Strict.

    -- Se*vere"ly, adv. -- Se*vere"ness, n.

 

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