severe

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

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Origin of severe

First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin sevērus, or back formation from severity

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2. See stern1.

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British Dictionary definitions for severe

severe
/ (sɪˈvɪə) /

adjective

Derived forms of severe

severely, adverbsevereness or severity (sɪˈvɛrɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for severe

C16: from Latin sevērus
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