Definitions of severity

  1. something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern winters" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. Harshness; cruel treatment; sharpness of punishment; as, severity practiced on prisoners of war. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Exactness; rigorousness; strictness; as, the severity of a test. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The quality of being stern or strict; harshness; rigor; gravity; sharpness; strictness; lack of ornament, as in dress. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Quality of being severe: gravity: harshness: exactness: inclemency. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. The quality of being severe; harshness; rigour; austerity; extreme degree; extreme coldness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. Cruel treatment; harshness; rigour; extreme strictness; extreme degree. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for severity

  1. At first 'twas given in severity In thunder, blackness, darkness, tempest high, In fiery flames it was delivered. – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  2. The altered tone of his voice, which now had in it something of severity seemed to give her more power. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope