severe

[ suh-veer ]
/ səˈvɪər /

adjective, se·ver·er, se·ver·est.


Nearby words

  1. severally,
  2. severalty,
  3. severance,
  4. severance pay,
  5. severance tax,
  6. severe acute respiratory syndrome,
  7. severe combined immune deficiency,
  8. severe combined immunodeficiency,
  9. severely,
  10. 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 severely

severe

/ (sɪˈvɪə) /

adjective

Derived Formsseverely, adverbsevereness or severity (sɪˈvɛrɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for severe

C16: from Latin sevērus

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Word Origin and History for severely
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