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Definitions of severe

  1. Serious in feeeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Severity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. Severeness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. very strong or vigorous; "strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. very bad in degree or extent; "a severe worldwide depression"; "the house suffered severe damage" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. Grave in manner; forbidding; strict; harsh; as, severe methods of discipline; extremely plain; as, a gown of a severe style; sharp; distressing; as, severe pain; hard to bear; trying; as, a severe test. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Serious: grave: austere: strict: not mild: strictly adhering to rule: sharp: distressing: inclement: searching: difficult to be endured. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Strict; austere; grave; distressing; harsh; cruel; inclement. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Hard to bear; painful. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Harsh; merciless. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Serious; grave; sedate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Rigid; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; very strict; often, over-strict; grave; rigidly exact; sharp; biting; concise; critical. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Harsh; extremely strict or exact; apt to punish; earnest; rigid; stern; unpitying; austere; sober; sedate; intense, as cold; distressing; inclement, as the weather; searching, as a test or trial; excessive; rigidly adherent to a certain rule or standard, as applied to style in art; not employing unnecessary amplification or ornament, said of the style of a speaker or writer; close; concise. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for severe

  1. Mrs. French was a severe mistress. – Clotelle The Colored Heroine by William Wells Brown
  2. Why, Sabine, you are severe – The Man and the Moment by Elinor Glyn
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