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Definitions of severe

  1. severely simple; " a stark interior"
  2. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; " a dangerous operation"; " a grave situation"; " a grave illness"; " grievous bodily harm"; " a serious wound"; " a serious turn of events"; " a severe case of pneumonia"
  3. very strong or vigorous; " strong winds"; " a hard left to the chin"; " a knockout punch"; " a severe blow"
  4. very bad in degree or extent; " a severe worldwide depression"; " the house suffered severe damage"
  5. unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment; " a parent severe to the pitch of hostility"- H. G. Wells; " a hefty six- footer with a rather severe mien"; " a strict disciplinarian"; " a Spartan upbringing"
  6. intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality; " severe pain"; " a severe case of flu"; " a terrible cough"; " under wicked fire from the enemy's guns"; " a wicked cough"
  7. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; " a dangerous operation"; " a grave situation"; " a grave illness"; " grievous bodily harm"; " a serious wound"; " a serious turn of events"; " a severe case of pneumonia"; " a life- threatening disease"
  8. Serious in feeeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful.
  9. Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment.
  10. Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold.
  11. Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test.
  12. Rigidly methodical, or adherent to rule or principle; exactly conformed to a standard; not allowing or employing unneccessary ornament, amplification, etc.; strict; - said of style, argument, etc.
  13. Grave in manner; forbidding; strict; harsh; as, severe methods of discipline; extremely plain; as, a gown of a severe style; sharp; distressing; as, severe pain; hard to bear; trying; as, a severe test.
  14. Severely.
  15. Serious: grave: austere: strict: not mild: strictly adhering to rule: sharp: distressing: inclement: searching: difficult to be endured.
  16. Severity.
  17. Strict; austere; grave; distressing; harsh; cruel; inclement.
  18. Hard to bear; painful.
  19. Harsh; merciless.
  20. Serious; grave; sedate.
  21. Severeness.
  22. Rigid; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; very strict; often, over- strict; grave; rigidly exact; sharp; biting; concise; critical.
  23. Harsh; extremely strict or exact; apt to punish; earnest; rigid; stern; unpitying; austere; sober; sedate; intense, as cold; distressing; inclement, as the weather; searching, as a test or trial; excessive; rigidly adherent to a certain rule or standard, as applied to style in art; not employing unnecessary amplification or ornament, said of the style of a speaker or writer; close; concise.
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Antonyms for severe

dotty, comic, gentle, easy, futile, sunshiny, temperate, facile, equable, willing, farcical, facetious, tenderhearted, painless, clement, droll, agreeable, joking, mindless, florid, chucklesome, comforting, comfy, lax, compliant, sunny, silly, unclouded, indulgent, senseless, daft, benevolent, puerile, delicate, relaxing, crazy, soothing, noncritical, forbearing, affable, beneficent, good-hearted, fussy, scatterbrained, snap, sympathetic, ludicrous, moderate, frivolous, hospitable, pleasing, overwrought, playful, kind, comfortable, loose, asinine, acquiescent, softhearted, trivial, light-headed, accessible, insane, Humoristic, Weak-minded, absurd, understanding, pliant, kittenish, clear, effortless, good, light, placid, zany, tolerant, bearable, funny, cuckoo, quiet, amenable, cheerful, easygoing, sappy, nonabrasive, lunatic, cozy, pleasant, stilly, light-minded, mellow, weak, screaming, hysterical, complaisant, laid-back, compassionate, preposterous, ridiculous, cheap, yielding, pliable, foolish, cloudless, mirthful, nutty, empathic, accepting, smooth, friendly, balmy, nonsensical, tranquil, ditzy, gingerbreaded, luxurious, lenient, yeasty, comical, ornate, flip, halcyon, featherbrained, kindly, peaceful, bedizened, commiserative, unrestricted, screwball, benign, tolerable, merciful, uproarious, unwise, merry, birdbrained, gingerbready, fluid, happy, Lown, cockeyed, warmhearted, overdecorated, bright, ready, mad, gingerbread, doable, flippant, half-witted, empathetic, slight, riotous, achievable, flighty, hushed, bland, relaxed, humorous, comedic, sweet, fancy, uncomplicated, kooky, untroubled, reposeful, laughable, jerky, serene, fatuous, mild, loony, dizzy, genial, calm, compromising, tractable, hands down, sidesplitting, frothy, benignant, witless, harebrained, downhill, trifling, user-friendly, humane, unrestrained, jesting, undemanding, giddy, charitable, simple, soft, inviting, tender, lighthearted, slack, glad, flexible, still, restful, wacky, patient, Daffy, goofy, fair, snug, hilarious, manageable, noncrucial, brainless, endurable, jocular, cushy, responsive, risible, elementary, kindhearted, meek, fluent, antic.

Quotes of severe

  1. At the same, we need to remain sensitive to the reality that we are still an African society in which the majority of the people and communities live under severe deprivations and afflictions that are no fault of theirs. – Ibrahim Babangida
  2. It is as hard and severe a thing to be a true politician as to be truly moral. – Francis Bacon
  3. There is no harm in patience, and no profit in lamentation. Death is easier to bear( than) that which precedes it, and more severe than that which comes after it. Remember the death of the Apostle of God, and your sorrow will be lessened. – Abu Bakr
  4. Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist: it reduces him to his fighting weight. – Josh Billings
  5. You reason color more than you reason drawing... Color has a logic as severe as form. – Pierre Bonnard
  6. On the other hand, I still approach each book with the same basic plan in mind- to put some people under severe stress and see how they hold up. – Terry Brooks
  7. Admitting weakness seems to be such a severe psychic threat for Bush that when he makes a mistake it's safer just to reinforce it. The strategy creates a perverse system of rewards and punishments. – Tina Brown
  8. It seems proper, at all events, that by an early enactment similar to that of other countries the application of public money by an officer of Government to private uses should be made a felony and visited with severe and ignominious punishment. – Martin Van Buren
  9. Nor do I think that any other nation than this of Wales, nor any other language, whatever may hereafter come to pass, shall on the day of severe examination before the Supreme Judge, answer for this corner of the earth. – Giraldus Cambrensis
  10. This crisis is not simply a more severe version of the usual business cycle recession, the typical downturn in which economies ultimately adjust and stabilize. – Timothy Geithner
  11. There are no better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; and there is no true beauty without the signatures of these graces in the very countenance. – Arthur Helps
  12. So rather than face the bitter truth, China has placed severe restrictions on the Internet and enlisted America's high -tech companies as their Internet police. – Tom Lantos
  13. My criticism is too severe sometimes and that is not good. But why don't you start doing your work unless your leader flies into a rage? It is not that you cannot do it but that you don't want to do it. – Zhu Rongji
  14. One in six people suffer depression or a chronic anxiety disorder. These are not the worried well but those in severe mental pain with conditions crippling enough to prevent them living normal lives. – Polly Toynbee

Usage examples for severe

  1. Mrs. French was a severe mistress. – Clotelle The Colored Heroine by William Wells Brown
  2. In the south the English suffered a severe reverse. – An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack
  3. Father Adrian turned towards her, grave and severe – A Monk of Cruta by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  4. I have seen them over and over again after a severe winter." – A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B. Edwards
  5. God who has been so gracious as to permit it to you, will expect a severe account of it, and even this warning, if neglected, shall be remembered against you. – Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences by Arthur L. Hayward
  6. Why, Sabine, you are severe – The Man and the Moment by Elinor Glyn
  7. To several of them, at least, this was a severe trial. – The Ascent of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper
  8. The house itself was built on severe and simple lines. – A Splendid Hazard by Harold MacGrath
  9. His manner was not severe – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  10. I thought it very severe on the times. – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  11. Is not your love severe – The Poetical Works of Edward Young, Volume 2 by Edward Young
  12. She need not have been so severe – Sisters by Ada Cambridge
  13. Therefore he did not wish to undertake what he knew would be a severe contest, single- handed. – Red Eagle and the Wars With the Creek Indians of Alabama. by George Cary Eggleston
  14. His duties that day were severe – The Iron Horse by R.M. Ballantyne
  15. The battle presently became severe to both parties. – Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
  16. Julian was, in their opinion, the last man on earth to take the course- at once sensible and severe which Julian had actually adopted. – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  17. I thought my mother severe – My Little Sister by Elizabeth Robins
  18. " The weather has been very severe all day," said the Colonel, in a severe voice. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  19. The pain was severe more so perhaps than any she had felt before- and very much frightened, she pulled her papa's coat to draw his attention. – Scenes and Characters by Charlotte M. Yonge

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