Severe meaning

sə-vîr
The definition of severe is someone or something that is very serious, harsh or critical.

An example of severe as an adjective is the phrase severe punishment which is physically disciplining a child.

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Serious or grave; forbidding, as in expression or manner.
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Stern or forbidding, as in manner or appearance.

Spoke in a severe voice.

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Causing great discomfort, damage, or distress.

A severe pain; a severe storm.

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Keen; extreme; intense.

Severe pain.

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Extremely difficult to perform or endure; trying.

A severe test of our loyalty.

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Harsh, strict, or highly critical, as in treatment; unsparing; stern.
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Serious or grievous.

A severe wound.

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Conforming strictly to a rule, method, standard, etc.; rigidly accurate or demanding.

A severe philosophy.

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Extremely plain or simple; unornamented; restrained.

A dress with severe lines.

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Difficult; rigorous; trying.

A severe test.

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Very bad or intense.
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Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others.

A severe critic.

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Extremely plain in substance or style.

A severe black dress.

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Marked by or requiring strict adherence to rigorous standards or high principles.

A severe code of behavior.

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Very dangerous or harmful; grave or grievous.

Severe mental illness.

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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