adjective, se·ver·er, se·ver·est.
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He inculcates his students in political economy of the severest "virtue of selfishness" type.
Any country that gives him refuge must be made to disgorge him, or else pay the severest price in sanctions.
Leaving Smith, he dashed on to the scene of the severest conflict.Our Standard-Bearer|Oliver Optic
He accused him of injustice and cruelty, and upbraided him, and all who counseled and aided him, in the severest terms.Richard III|Jacob Abbott
That march, under the circumstances, was one of the severest of the war.The history of Company C, Seventh Regiment, O.V.I|Theodore Wilder
By the abuse of Platonism, by the corruption of the best and severest method, that of Socrates and Plato.Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good|Victor Cousin
Such were the human sacrifices of the Druids, which were, indeed, visited with the severest penalties.The Moral and Intellectual Diversity of Races|Arthur, comte de Gobineau