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severe

[ suh-veer ]
/ səˈvɪər /
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adjective, se·ver·er, se·ver·est.

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RELATED WORDS

serious, relentless, harsh, strict, heavy, acute, drastic, stringent, tough, punishing, dangerous, violent, fierce, sharp, bitter, intense, extreme, astringent, austere, biting

Nearby words

severally, severalty, severance, severance pay, severance tax, severe, severe acute respiratory syndrome, severe combined immune deficiency, severe combined immunodeficiency, severely, severinus

Origin of severe

1540–50; < Latin sevērus, or back formation from severity
SYNONYMS FOR severe
2 strict, hard. See stern1.
4 unadorned.
7 demanding, exacting.
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British Dictionary definitions for severe

severe

/ (sɪˈvɪə) /

adjective

Derived Formsseverely, adverbsevereness or severity (sɪˈvɛrɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for severe

C16: from Latin sevērus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for severe

severe


adj.

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.

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