The severer pencil of Mendoza does not disdain the same warm colouring for the portrait of the Morisco beauty.
Should he give no proof of penitence I must resort to severer measures.
The more difficult the service, the higher the grade of leadership needed, the severer the test.
Many a severer sarcasm would not have cut so deeply into me.
Nothing can be severer in the fate of a man than to act so between two parties, that both sides should be provoked against him.
Nor in her poverty does she refuse the severer labors of the garden and the field.
Influenza is a severer form of this complaint, and has been called epidemic catarrh.
We are rudely hustled and awake to higher and severer effort.
The less distinguished writers were, of course, severer still against the critics.
The tone of the review is severer than the Preface indicates.
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.