severity

[ suh-ver-i-tee ]
/ səˈvɛr ɪ ti /

noun, plural se·ver·i·ties.

harshness, sternness, or rigor: Their lives were marked by severity.
austere simplicity, as of style, manner, or taste: The severity of the decor was striking.
intensity or sharpness, as of cold or pain.
grievousness; hard or trying character or effect: The severity of his loss was finally becoming apparent.
rigid exactness or accuracy.
an instance of strict or severe behavior, punishment, etc.

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Origin of severity

1475–85; < Latin sevēritās, equivalent to sevēr(us) severe + -itās -ity

OTHER WORDS FROM severity

non·se·ver·i·ty, noun, plural non·se·ver·i·ties.o·ver·se·ver·i·ty, nounsu·per·se·ver·i·ty, noun
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