adjective, se·ver·er, se·ver·est.
- severance pay,
- severance tax,
- severe acute respiratory syndrome,
- severe combined immune deficiency,
- severe combined immunodeficiency,
Origin of severe
Examples from the Web for severely
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, joining in the chorus, severely berates Tehran for its role in the Levant.
Last year he was severely criticized for his handling of a land deal with a neighbor in financial distress.
Between 1999 and 2008, the number of severely intoxicated young women who wound up in E.R.s rose by 52 percent.Elizabeth Peña and the Truth About Alcoholic Women|Gabrielle Glaser|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The turbulent waters caused one of his oars to crack, which—without a motor or a sail—can be severely detrimental to his voyage.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother|Justin Jones|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Since the outbreak began in March, global mobilization efforts to combat the epidemic have been severely delayed.
Let us not be thought to judge too severely of the forms adopted by the German philosophers.Fundamental Philosophy, Vol. I (of 2)|Jaime Luciano Balmes
The British consul was dragged out of his carriage, and severely injured.With Kitchener in the Soudan|G. A. Henty
"The lasso is of Comanche make," went on the mountain man, severely frowning again.The Red River Half-Breed|Gustave Aimard
"Now, don't you look that surprised way at me," said Drusilla severely.Drusilla with a Million|Elizabeth Cooper
But, on the other hand, where the application is severely circumscribed, no fall of price will avail to extend the demand.The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)|Thomas De Quincey
Word Origin 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.