Any country that gives him refuge must be made to disgorge him, or else pay the severest price in sanctions.
He inculcates his students in political economy of the severest "virtue of selfishness" type.
In the severest cases, however, these drugs appear to be of little or no use, and they certainly increase the constipation.
He reproached his wife in the severest language of denunciation.
Denis was his own severest critic; so, at least, he had always believed.
Now, Mr. Bailiff, I am ready, give me the severest punishment you can.
It was indeed but ten years, at that time, since the severest of modern rules had been introduced into England.
After the severest exposure, part of the crew reached the land in their boats.
At Torquay the storm was the severest experienced there for many years.
In this trial our system would be put to its severest strain.
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.