adjective, se·ver·er, se·ver·est.
Origin of severe
Synonyms for severe
Antonyms for severe
Related Words for severerserious, relentless, harsh, strict, heavy, acute, drastic, stringent, tough, punishing, dangerous, violent, fierce, sharp, bitter, intense, extreme, astringent, austere, biting
Examples from the Web for severer
Historical Examples of severer
Many a severer sarcasm would not have cut so deeply into me.That Boy Of Norcott's
Charles James Lever
They must not be suffered to interfere with your severer studies.Advice to a Young Man upon First Going to Oxford
Nor in her poverty does she refuse the severer labors of the garden and the field.Life of Schamyl
John Milton Mackie
Sometimes I think it is my fault; I was born in a severer age.White Lies
But this was evidently only a prelude to a severer rehearsal.Flip: A California Romance
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.