severe Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective satellite 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
adjective satellite very strong or vigorous
- strong winds
- a hard left to the chin
- a knockout punch
- a severe blow
adjective satellite severely simple
austere; stark; stern.
- a stark interior
adjective satellite 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
adjective satellite causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
grievous; life-threatening; dangerous; serious; grave.
- 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
adjective satellite very bad in degree or extent
- a severe worldwide depression
- the house suffered severe damage
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.
Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous;"Custody severe." Milton. as,. severecriticism; severepunishment
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.
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.
Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as,. severepain, anguish, fortune; severecold
Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a. severetest 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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