Definitions for severesəˈvɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

se•vere*səˈvɪər(adj.)-ver•er, -ver•est.

  1. harsh; unnecessarily extreme:

    severe criticism.

  2. serious or stern in manner or appearance.

  3. grave; critical:

    a severe illness.

  4. rigidly restrained in style, taste, etc.; plain; austere.

  5. of an extreme, intense, or violent character or nature:

    severe thunderstorms.

  6. difficult to endure, perform, fulfill, etc.:

    a severe test of strength.

  7. rigidly exact; demanding:

    severe standards.

* Syn: See stern1.

Origin of severe:

1540–50; < L sevērus, or back formation from severity


Princeton's WordNet

  1. severe, terrible, wicked(adj)

    intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality

    "severe pain"; "a severe case of flu"; "a terrible cough"; "under wicked fire from the enemy's guns"; "a wicked cough"

  2. hard, knockout, severe(adj)

    very strong or vigorous

    "strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow"

  3. austere, severe, stark, stern(adj)

    severely simple

    "a stark interior"

  4. severe, spartan(adj)

    unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

    "a parent severe to the pitch of hostility"- H.G.Wells; "a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien"; "a strict disciplinarian"; "a Spartan upbringing"

  5. dangerous, grave, grievous, serious, severe, life-threatening(adj)

    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"

  6. severe(adj)

    very bad in degree or extent

    "a severe worldwide depression"; "the house suffered severe damage"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. severe(adjective)əˈvɪər

    extremely bad, unpleasant, or serious

    a severe storm/illness; He was in severe pain.; The damage was severe.

  2. severeəˈvɪər

    extremely strict

    severe criticism; The punishment for disobeying was severe.; severely damaged; She spoke to the students severely.; the severity of the earthquake


  1. severe(Adjective)

    Very bad or intense.

  2. severe(Adjective)

    Strict or harsh.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Severe

    serious in feeeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful

  2. Severe

    very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment

  3. Severe

    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

  4. Severe

    sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold

  5. Severe

    difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'severe' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2211

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'severe' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3655

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'severe' in Adjectives Frequency: #292

Anagrams of severe

  1. reeves

Translations for severe

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of something unpleasant) serious; extreme

severe shortages of food; a severe illness; Our team suffered a severe defeat.

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