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. 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"
  6. Serious in feeeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful.
  7. Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment.
  8. Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Serious: grave: austere: strict: not mild: strictly adhering to rule: sharp: distressing: inclement: searching: difficult to be endured.
  12. Severity.
  13. Strict; austere; grave; distressing; harsh; cruel; inclement.
  14. Hard to bear; painful.
  15. Harsh; merciless.
  16. Serious; grave; sedate.
  17. Severeness.
  18. Rigid; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; very strict; often, over- strict; grave; rigidly exact; sharp; biting; concise; critical.
  19. 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.

Usage examples for severe

  1. Mrs. French was a severe mistress. – Clotelle The Colored Heroine by William Wells Brown
  2. Why, Sabine, you are severe! – The Man and the Moment by Elinor Glyn
  3. In the south the English suffered a severe reverse. – An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack
  4. Is not your love severe? – The Poetical Works of Edward Young, Volume 2 by Edward Young
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. I thought it very severe on the times. – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  8. The house itself was built on severe and simple lines. – A Splendid Hazard by Harold MacGrath
  9. To several of them, at least, this was a severe trial. – The Ascent of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper
  10. His duties that day were severe. – The Iron Horse by R.M. Ballantyne
  11. His manner was not severe. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  12. The battle presently became severe to both parties. – Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
  13. I thought my mother severe. – My Little Sister by Elizabeth Robins
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. She need not have been so severe. – Sisters by Ada Cambridge
  17. 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
  18. Father Adrian turned towards her, grave and severe. – A Monk of Cruta by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  19. " The weather has been very severe all day," said the Colonel, in a severe voice. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope