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  • adj. superlative form of severe: most severe.
  • v. Second-person singular simple present form of sever.


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  • Ken Kubo last month said this fiscal year will be the company's "severest," adding a loss of "several tens of billions of yen" is likely unavoidable.


  • London faces the threat of a Mumbai-style terror attack early next year, with terrorists poised to strike the city using handguns, bombs and hostage-taking techniques, Scotland Yard has said in its "severest" warning.

    Top Headlines

  • They started at the time when the cold was the severest at the beginning of the Winter.

    Bird Cloud

  • The general issued a series of general orders first prohibiting soldiers and sutlers from selling liquor to the Indians, then promising the “severest punishment,” and finally raising the threat to “900 lashes, without a court martial.”

    George Washington’s First War

  • “Subordination, and strict discipline,” said one, “cannot from the general depravity of the soldiery be properly supported, without having recourse to the severest punishments.”

    George Washington’s First War

  • This was the severest of paywalls, and the initial circulation was just 1,000, soaring to 3,000 by the mid-1820s.

    The Manchester Guardian, born 5 May 1821: 190 years – work in progress | Editorial

  • Instead of a "level one visit," which typically involves very basic procedures, the hospital said it was a "level five," which is the top of the range, and typically involves the severest injuries.

    How to Fight a Bogus Bill

  • TOKYO—Japan made a slight upward revision of its first-quarter economic performance Thursday, but the latest figures still show the severest contraction in two years, highlighting the huge impact on the economy of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    Japan Revises GDP View Slightly Upward

  • These springs never froze, and the only effect of the severest cold snaps was to lessen their discharge.

    First Version of To Build A Fire

  • This, of necessity, was the severest of all, for he had been compelled to load his comrade in aft of the balance.

    Chapter VIII


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  • Used quite clumsily imho in this week's Economist leader.

    December 28, 2008