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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She was the friend and guardian of my dear lady from her infancy; but your father could not endure what he called her severity, or forgive her opposition to his marriage with your mother.
As with all inorganic acids, the dissociation of hydrogen ions causes the initial corrosive burns, which vary in severity depending on the concentration of the specific acid and the duration of contact.
Because you are likely to be the first to professionally assess a child's stuttering, you should be aware of certain severity risk factors.
The majority of cases have been mild to moderate in severity, and many have not required medical care for diagnosis or treatment.
It is predicted that most cases of H1N1 flu will be mild to moderate in severity and self-limited; however, more severe cases may occur.
Hurricanes, other tropical cyclones and associated extreme weather events are increasing in severity and frequency;
It can range in severity from an occasional annoyance to a chronic, life-threatening condition; exercise, allergies and airborne dust or other irritants can set off attacks.
DanielK - I think combined with the voting rights issue it shows a Governor who really has very little understanding about the difference in severity of crimes and how they should be dealt with.
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Taken together, the studies suggest that people born prematurely experience a "spectrum of social and emotional difficulties that range in severity from quite mild to severe," says Catherine Limperopoulos of McGill University in Montreal, lead author of one of the autism studies.
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