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Severe meaning

severe - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; " a dangerous operation"; " a grave situation"; " a grave illness"; " grievous bodily harm"; " a serious wound"; " a serious turn of events"; " a severe case of pneumonia"; " a life- threatening disease"
  2. 2. Serious in feeeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful.
  3. 3. Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment.
  4. 4. Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold.
  5. 5. Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Severity.
  8. 8. Strict; austere; grave; distressing; harsh; cruel; inclement.

severe - examples of usage

  1. They must be carefully protected in severe weather; place ashes, earth, or manure around them.
  2. Still more curious is the following:- A young elephant which had accompanied its mother to the battle- field received a severe wound in the head. - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
  3. He worked on till every member of his family had gone, most to their last home, and still went out at times when the weather was not too severe. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
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