adjective, se·ver·er, se·ver·est.
Origin of severe
Examples from the Web for severe
And that realization comes at the cost of severe, public embarrassment for many, including the victim/proposed.
This concern ceased after the Spanish warned of severe punitive measures on the family members of suicides.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“That was the longest, most severe S/M session I have experienced in my thirty-four-year tenure,” she writes in the book.
The new term denotes a spectrum of problem drinking that can range from mild to moderate to severe.Americans Drink Too Much, But We’re Not All Alcoholics|Gabrielle Glaser|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And while such a severe punishment is questioned every few years, it works.
He is here, adorning, by a life of severe simplicity and divine benevolence, the doctrine he has espoused.Aurelian|William Ware
The Roman conquest accelerated the decline in severe taste, when different orders began to be used indiscriminately.Beacon Lights of History, Volume III|John Lord
Gerald had a severe attack of pneumonia, from which we had much ado to bring him back to health, and Rough was ill.Happy Days for Boys and Girls|Various
But what had been the severe emotional disturbance for Arkalion?Voyage To Eternity|Milton Lesser
But just then Mrs. Ogilvie gave Helen Douglas so severe a push with her foot, that she stopped, and got very red.Daddy's Girl|L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for severe
Word Origin for severe
Word Origin and History for severe
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.