Definition of Severe

  • (superl.) Serious in feeeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful.
  • (superl.) Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment.
  • (superl.) Rigidly methodical, or adherent to rule or principle; exactly conformed to a standard; not allowing or employing unneccessary ornament, amplification, etc.; strict; -- said of style, argument, etc.
  • (superl.) Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold.
  • (superl.) Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test.

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