In the reign of James I. no favour was shown to the Puritans, but on the contrary, severities were continued.
During the thirteenth century the severities against the usurers were not relaxed.
Consequently, the Brahmans ascribed the greatest efficacy to the severities of asceticism, the annihilation of the body.
What severities of hardship were endured by our traveller may be judged from his description.
Carteret was not quite sixty years old, but the severities of the siege were too great for him.
Some times I could obtain a little conversation, notwithstanding their severities.
Zwingle, with whose sentiments on this subject we are acquainted, took no part in these severities.
But all these severities did not check the loyal spirit of the citizens.
severities against the rich "Mississippians" were commenced in this same month of October.
No severities could put an end to duels and vendettas in certain districts.
late 15c., "austerity or strictness of life," from Middle French severite, from Latin severitas "seriousness, strictness, sternness," from severus "stern, strict, serious," of uncertain origin. Possibly from PIE root *segh- "to have, hold" (see scheme (n.)), or possibly from *se vero "without kindness," from se "without" (see secret) + *vero "kindness," neuter ablative of verus "true" (see very). Meaning "strictness in dealing with others" is recorded from 1520s.