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Meaning of severe by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin severus ( “severe, serious, grave in demeanor” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /sɪˈvɪə/


    severe ( comparative severer, superlative severest )

    1. Very bad or intense .
    2. Strict or harsh .


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    External links

    • severe in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • severe in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • severe at OneLook Dictionary Search


Explanation of severe by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

    2. a severe case of pneumonia
    3. very bad in degree or extent

    4. a severe worldwide depression
      the house suffered severe damage
    5. unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

    6. a parent severe to the pitch of hostility- H.G.Wells
      a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien
    7. intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality

    8. severe pain
      a severe case of flu
    9. severely simple

    10. very strong or vigorous

    11. a severe blow