Severe Definition

sə-vîr
severer, severest
adjective
severer, severest
Harsh, strict, or highly critical, as in treatment; unsparing; stern.
Webster's New World
Serious or grave; forbidding, as in expression or manner.
Webster's New World
Conforming strictly to a rule, method, standard, etc.; rigidly accurate or demanding.
A severe philosophy.
Webster's New World
Extremely plain or simple; unornamented; restrained.
A dress with severe lines.
Webster's New World
Serious or grievous.
A severe wound.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Severe

Adjective

Base Form:
severe
Comparative:
severer
Superlative:
severest

Origin of Severe

  • Latin sevērus serious, strict segh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin severus (“severe, serious, grave in demeanor").

    From Wiktionary

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