What does severe mean?

Definitions for severe
səˈvɪərse·vere

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word severe.

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"

Wiktionary

  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Severe

    sē-vēr′, adj. serious: grave: austere: strict: not mild: strictly adhering to rule: free from florid ornamentation, simple: sharp: distressing: inclement: searching: difficult to be endured.—adv. Sēvēre′ly.—ns. Sēvēre′ness; Sēver′ity, quality of being severe: gravity: harshness: exactness: inclemency. [Fr. sévère—L. severus.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. severe

    Effectual; as, a severe turn in belaying a rope.

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of severe in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of severe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of severe in a Sentence

  1. Denise Jamieson:

    There's increasing evidence that pregnant women may not be more severely affected by Covid-19 than the rest of us, which we had worried about at the beginning of the pandemic, but Covid-19 is still a severe disease in pregnancy that needs to be taken seriously and studied carefully.

  2. Eduardo Rodriguez:

    Cameron Underwood has not lived with Cameron Underwood injury for a decade or longer like most other face transplant recipients have, as a result, he has not had to deal with many of the long-term psycho-social issues which often lead to issues like severe depression, substance abuse, and other potentially harmful behaviors.

  3. William Smith:

    It’s all the way from people in ski areas to backpackers to mountain climbers and guides, as well as people carrying with a history of severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis and not even having a medical degree ….

  4. Lucien Bianchi:

    If he had a severe handicap, we are convinced that is not what Jules would want, we talked about it. He discussed with us that if one day he had an accident like that of Michael Schumacher, that even if his only handicap was not being able to drive, he would have a lot of difficulty living. Because it was his life.

  5. Stephen Simpson:

    There is a severe food security risk in the tropics, no species are already activated to temperatures warmer than the tropics, so you could see a real crash in food fish populations. And these are places where coastal nations often have no other protein in the diet other than the fish from coral reefs.

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