- harsh; unnecessarily extreme: severe criticism; severe laws.
- serious or stern in manner or appearance: a severe face.
- grave; critical: a severe illness.
- rigidly restrained in style, taste, manner, etc.; simple, plain, or austere.
- causing discomfort or distress by extreme character or conditions, as weather, cold, or heat; unpleasantly violent, as rain or wind, or a blow or shock.
- difficult to endure, perform, fulfill, etc.: a severe test of his powers.
- rigidly exact, accurate, or methodical: severe standards.
Origin of severe
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Examples from the Web for severer
Many a severer sarcasm would not have cut so deeply into me.That Boy Of Norcott's
Charles James Lever
They must not be suffered to interfere with your severer studies.Advice to a Young Man upon First Going to Oxford
Nor in her poverty does she refuse the severer labors of the garden and the field.Life of Schamyl
John Milton Mackie
Sometimes I think it is my fault; I was born in a severer age.White Lies
But this was evidently only a prelude to a severer rehearsal.Flip: A California Romance
- rigorous or harsh in the treatment of others; stricta severe parent
- serious in appearance or manner; stern
- critical or dangerousa severe illness
- causing misery or discomfort by its harshnesssevere weather
- strictly restrained in appearance; austerea severe way of dressing
- hard to endure, perform, or accomplisha severe test
- rigidly precise or exact
Word Origin and History for severer
1540s, from Middle French severe (12c., Modern French sévère) or directly from Latin severus "serious, grave, strict, austere" (see severity). From 1660s with reference to styles or tastes; from 1725 of diseases.