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"
hard, knockout, severe(adj)
very strong or vigorous
"strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow"
austere, severe, stark, stern(adj)
"a stark interior"
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"
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"
very bad in degree or extent
"a severe worldwide depression"; "the house suffered severe damage"
Very bad or intense.
Strict or harsh.
serious in feeeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful
very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment
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
sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold
difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'severe' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2211
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'severe' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3655
Rank popularity for the word 'severe' in Adjectives Frequency: #292
The numerical value of severe in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of severe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We are in an extremely severe situation.
There’s a severe decline of the slate market.
The entire industry faces severe shortages in both fields.
The most important risk is head and severe brain injuries.
Preserving health by too severe a rule is a worrisome malady.
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Translations for severe
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- hård, streng, voldsom, stærkDanish
- αυστηρός, άτεγκτος, σφοδρός, λιτόςGreek
- severo, austero, graveSpanish
- tuima, raju, vakava, vaikea, ankaraFinnish
- sévère, graveFrench
- komoly, szigorú, súlyosHungarian
- duro, rigido, grave, severoItalian
- 渋い, 酷い, 厳しいJapanese
- bargs, ārkārtējs, nopietnsLatvian
- srogi, poważnyPolish
- rígido, duro, severo, gravePortuguese
- жёсткий, тяжёлый, суровый, строгийRussian
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