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  • adj. comparative form of severe: more severe

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which severs.


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  • Relieved only by the foliage that is finely massed against them, the great blank spaces of the "Walled City" recall the severer side of Mediterranean architecture, just as their gorgeously ornate portals, towers and domes speak of its warmth and color.

    The Jewel City

  • The greater in proportion to the number of people, the number of soldiers is, the severer is the judgement.

    Secret Enemies of True Republicanism

  • Certainly it is an indication of the goodness which he once possessed, because it is only by the light of a spark of goodness that the darkness of sin can be perceived; and the more the conscience has been enlightened the severer is the reaction when it is outraged.

    The Trial and Death of Jesus Christ A Devotional History of our Lord's Passion

  • Jews themselves, and not to be borne by them, men too much given to such kind of severer rites.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • Ernst Stavro Blofeld espionage ethics of legal practice (severe lapse) ethics of medical practice (even severer betrayal)

    O tempora, O mores

  • Chances are the April-June quarter may show a severer impact, said Hidehiko Fujii, chief economist at Japan Research Institute.

    Japan Slides into Recession

  • “There is a sort of enthusiasm in all projectors,” he wrote, “absolutely necessary for their affairs, which makes them proof against the most fatiguing delays, the most mortifying disappointments, the most shocking insults; and, what is severer than all, the presumptuous judgment of the ignorant upon their designs.”

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • The way grew severer, and several times the clefts they essayed extended down to the ocean level and spouted spray from the growling breakers that burst through.


  • It would be a scandal, and the universities were becoming severer in their treatment of accredited prep schools.


  • BlackBerry back on after a severer service outage that lasted more than eight hours.

    CNN Transcript Dec 23, 2009


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  • My lord, answered I, in a melancholy tone, even though my grief would seek to hide itself, it must have vent: my despair is past endurance. The report goes that Don Alphonso is no longer Governor of Valencia; a severer stroke could not have been inflicted on me.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 11 ch. 12

    October 11, 2008