Severity meaning

sə-vĕrĭ-tē
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Severity is being strict or harsh.

An example of severity is a teenager being punished for coming home five minutes past their curfew.

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The state or quality of being severe.
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The act or an instance of severe behavior, especially punishment.
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The quality or condition of being severe.
  • Strictness; harshness.
  • Gravity, as of expression.
  • Rigid accuracy.
  • Extreme plainness or restraint, as in style.
  • Keenness, as of pain; intensity.
  • Rigorous or trying character.
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Something severe, as a punishment.
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The level assigned to an intrusion incident.
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The state of being severe.
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The degree of something undesirable; badness or seriousness.

The severity of the offence merits a long prison sentence.

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Origin of severity

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

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