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Latin sevērus serious, strict segh- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin severus (“severe, serious, grave in demeanor").
On such matters I am only severe with myself.
A small, older woman in severe grey opened the door.
I have heard of such cases and know that His Majesty is very severe in such affairs.
In 1887 a severe banking crisis occurred in Sardinia.
As we transition from one set of economic realities to another, there will be severe disruptions along the way.
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