from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or quality of being severe.
- n. The act or an instance of severe behavior, especially punishment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of being severe.
- n. The degree of something undesirable; badness or seriousness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being severe.
- n. Gravity or austerity; extreme strictness; rigor; harshness.
- n. The quality or power of distressing or paining; extreme degree; extremity; intensity; inclemency.
- n. Harshness; cruel treatment; sharpness of punishment.
- n. Exactness; rigorousness; strictness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or state of being severe.
- n. Extreme rigor; strictness; rigidity; harshness.
- n. Harshness; cruel treatment; sharpness of punishment: as, severity practised on prisoners of war.
- n. In lit., art, etc., the quality of strict conformity to an ideal rule or standard; studied moderation; freedom from all exuberance or florid ornament; purity of line and form; austerity of style.
- n. The quality or power of afflicting, distressing, or paining; extreme degree; extremity; keenness: as, the severity of pain or anguish; the severity of cold or heat; the severity of the winter.
- n. Exactness; rigor; niceness: as, the severity of a test.
- n. Strictness; rigid accuracy.
- n. Synonyms and Asperity, Harshness, etc. (see acrimony), unkindness.—, , and Sharpness, keenness, force. See list under harshness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something hard to endure
- n. excessive sternness
- n. extreme plainness
- n. used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
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