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Definitions for severe
səˈvɪərse·vere

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. severe, terrible, wickedadjective

    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, severeadjective

    very strong or vigorous

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

  3. austere, severe, stark, sternadjective

    severely simple

    "a stark interior"

  4. severe, spartanadjective

    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-threateningadjective

    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. severeadjective

    very bad in degree or extent

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

Wiktionary

  1. severeadjective

    Very bad or intense.

  2. severeadjective

    Strict or harsh.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Severenoun

    Etymology: severe, French; severus, Latin.

    Let your zeal, if it must be expressed in anger, be always more severe against thy self than against others. Taylor.

    Soon mov’d with touch of blame, thus Eve:
    What words have pass’d thy lips, Adam severe? John Milton.

    What made the church of Alexandria be so severe with Origen for, but holding the incence in his hands, which those about him cast from thence upon the altar? yet for this he was cast out of the church. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Am I upbraided? not enough severe
    It seems, in thy restraint. John Milton.

    In his looks serene,
    When angry most he seem’d and most severe,
    What else but favour shone? John Milton.

    Nor blame severe his choice,
    Warbling the Grecian woes. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    His severe wrath shall he sharpen for a sword. Wisd.

    Truth, wisdom, sanctitude, severe and pure,
    Severe, but in true filial freedom plac’d. John Milton.

    Your looks must alter, as your subject does,
    From kind to fierce, from wanton to severe. Edmund Waller.

    His grave rebuke,
    Severe in youthful beauty, added grace. John Milton.

    Their beauty I leave it rather to the delicate wit of poets, than venture upon so nice a subject with my severer style. More.

    The Latin, a most severe and compendious language, often expresses that in one word, which modern tongues cannot in more. Dryden.

    These piercing fires as soft as now severe. John Milton.

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. Martha Miele Matthew:

    The punishment is so severe in this it’s hard as a parent to try to make this a teachable moment for our kid so we can move forward in a healthy manner.

  2. The National Weather Service:

    The greatest threat for any flash flooding or severe weather will be across southern New England and the northern Mid-Atlantic states Tuesday evening.

  3. Ben Neuman:

    We do not at present know the full significance of this variant, but it has a combination of mutations similar to other internationally notifiable variants of concern, this variant combines genetic markers separately associated with rapid spread, severe disease and high resistance to neutralizing antibodies.

  4. 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….

  5. John Campbell:

    Lake Chad is important because of Lake Chad physical location. It is part of the Lake Chad basin. It also borders on Sudan and Libya. It's literally right in the heart of a part of Africa where the security challenges are severe, the second point is that Chad for a long time has had an important security relationship with France. There are French military forces stationed in Lake Chad and the Chadian military has received quite good training from them.

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