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se·ver·i·ty

 (sə-vĕr′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. se·ver·i·ties
1. The state or quality of being severe.
2. The act or an instance of severe behavior, especially punishment.

se•ver•i•ty

(səˈvɛr ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. harshness, sternness, or rigor.
2. austere simplicity, as of style or taste.
3. intensity or sharpness, as of cold or pain.
4. grievousness; hard or trying character or effect.
5. rigid exactness or accuracy.
6. an instance of strict or severe behavior, punishment, etc.
[1475–85; < Latin sevēritās]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.severity - used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weatherseverity - used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
intensiveness, intensity - high level or degree; the property of being intense
raininess, foulness - (of weather) the badness of the weather; "they were wearied with the foulness of the weather"
distressfulness, seriousness - the quality of arousing fear or distress; "he learned the seriousness of his illness"
2.severity - something hard to endureseverity - something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern winters"
difficultness, difficulty - the quality of being difficult; "they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"
sternness - the quality (as of scenery) being grim and gloomy and forbidding; "the sternness of his surroundings made him uncomfortable"
3.severity - extreme plainnessseverity - extreme plainness      
plainness - the appearance of being plain and unpretentious
4.severity - excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
sternness, strictness - uncompromising resolution

severity

noun strictness, seriousness, harshness, austerity, rigour, toughness, hardness, stringency, sternness, severeness He was sickened by the severity of the sentence.

severity

noun
1. The fact or condition of being rigorous and unsparing:
2. Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force, especially in activity:
Translations
شِدَّه، قَسْوَه
přísnoststrohost
alvorenkelhedstrenghed
harka; einfaldleiki
resnost

severity

[sɪˈverɪtɪ] N
1. (= seriousness) [of illness] → gravedad f, seriedad f; [of pain] → intensidad f; [of attack] → dureza f
2. (= strictness) [of character, criticism] → severidad f
3. (= harshness) [of weather, conditions, winter] → rigor m

severity

[sɪˈvɛrəti] n
[punishment, sentence] → sévérité f; [person, tone] → sévérité f
[injury, damage] → sévérité f
[winter, weather] → rigueur f
(= austerity) [appearance, design] → sévérité f

severity

n (= strictness, of person, appearance, style) → Strenge f; (= harshness, of critic, law, winter also, punishment, competition, test) → Härte f; (of criticism)Schärfe f; (= seriousness, of expression, warning) → Ernst m; (of illness, injury, blow, crime, storm, loss)Schwere f; (of pain, storm)Stärke f, → Heftigkeit f; (of weather)Rauheit f; the severity of the cold/droughtdie große or schwere Kälte/Dürre; the severity of the frostder starke or schwere Frost; severitiesHärten pl

severity

[sɪˈvɛrɪtɪ] n (gen) → gravità; (of punishment) → severità; (of criticism) → durezza; (of climate, weather) → rigore m; (of damage) → ingenza; (of pain) → intensità; (of symptoms) → acutezza

severe

(səˈviə) adjective
1. (of something unpleasant) serious; extreme. severe shortages of food; a severe illness; Our team suffered a severe defeat.
2. strict or harsh. a severe mother; severe criticism.
3. (of style in dress etc) very plain. a severe hairstyle.
seˈverely adverb
seˈverity (-ˈve-) noun
the severity of the punishment; the severity of her dress.

severity

n severidad f, gravedad f, (pain) intensidad f
References in classic literature ?
And if you retort that David is naturally a depraved little boy, and so demands harsher measure, I have still my answer, to wit, what is the manner of severity meted out to him at home?
But, in that early severity of the Puritan character, an inference of this kind could not so indubitably be drawn.
It will be absolutely necessary," said she, "as you, my dear sister, must be sensible, to treat my daughter with some severity while she is here; a most painful necessity, but I will ENDEAVOUR to submit to it.
But with more feeling and discernment he would have recognized the noble beauty of its modeling, and the graceful severity of poise and movement, which made Edna Pontellier different from the crowd.
Glegg," said his wife, with that shade of increased politeness in her severity which she always put on with her crisper fronts, "you'll excuse me, but you're far too light for a man of your years.
The criminal code of every country partakes so much of necessary severity, that without an easy access to exceptions in favor of unfortunate guilt, justice would wear a countenance too sanguinary and cruel.
One of the fathers, in great severity, called poesy vinum daemonum, because it fireth the imagination; and yet, it is but with the shadow of a lie.
As for Draco's laws, they were published when the government was already established, and they have nothing particular in them worth mentioning, except their severity on account of the enormity of their punishments.
Ma chere, there is a time for everything," said the countess with feigned severity.
I take the imputation in good part, as a compliment to the just delineation of my female characters; and though I am bound to attribute much of the severity of my censors to this suspicion, I make no effort to refute it, because, in my own mind, I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be.
Your majesty shouldn't purr so loud,' Alice said, rubbing her eyes, and addressing the kitten, respectfully, yet with some severity.
Miss Bridget had always exprest so great a regard for what the ladies are pleased to call virtue, and had herself maintained such a severity of character, that it was expected, especially by Wilkins, that she would have vented much bitterness on this occasion, and would have voted for sending the child, as a kind of noxious animal, immediately out of the house; but, on the contrary, she rather took the good-natured side of the question, intimated some compassion for the helpless little creature, and commended her brother's charity in what he had done.