adjective, se·ver·er, se·ver·est.
Origin of severe
Synonyms for severe
Antonyms for severe
Examples from the Web for severeness
Historical Examples of severeness
McClellan came up immediately, and, though I was fairly worn out with the severeness of the ride, we sat up till one oclock.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume I (of 2)
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.