An example of severe as an adjective is the phrase severe punishment which is physically disciplining a child.
- harsh, strict, or highly critical, as in treatment; unsparing; stern
- serious or grave; forbidding, as in expression or manner
- serious or grievous: a severe wound
- conforming strictly to a rule, method, standard, etc.; rigidly accurate or demanding: a severe philosophy
- extremely plain or simple; unornamented; restrained: a dress with severe lines
- keen; extreme; intense: severe pain
- difficult; rigorous; trying: a severe test
Origin of severe; from Middle French ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin severus, probably ; from se-, apart (see secede) + Indo-European base an unverified form wer-, (to be) friendly from source Old English wær, faith, pledge, bond (of friendship)
- Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others: a severe critic.
- Marked by or requiring strict adherence to rigorous standards or high principles: a severe code of behavior.
- Stern or forbidding, as in manner or appearance: spoke in a severe voice.
- Extremely plain in substance or style: a severe black dress.
- Causing great discomfort, damage, or distress: a severe pain; a severe storm.
- Very dangerous or harmful; grave or grievous: severe mental illness.
- Extremely difficult to perform or endure; trying: a severe test of our loyalty.
Origin of severeLatin sev&emacron;rus, serious, strict; see segh- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative severer, superlative severest)