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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 ?
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.
Cora remained silent, for she knew not how to palliate this imprudent severity on the part of her father in a manner to suit the comprehension of an Indian.
The severity of this Winter caused great difficulties in Kentucke.
To the individual before us, it could only be a grief, intense in due proportion with the severity of the infliction.
He was likewise a bitter persecutor; as witness the Quakers, who have remembered him in their histories, and relate an incident of his hard severity towards a woman of their sect, which will last longer, it is to be feared, than any record of his better deeds, although these were many.
Add to this all the terrors with which ignorance invests the unknown, and add to this, again, that selling to the south is set before the negro from childhood as the last severity of punishment.
Then he turned to me, and said, with a suggestion of severity in his tone:
She would give her own child a light pat and say humbly, "Lay still, Marse Tom," then give the real Tom a pat and say with severity, "Lay still, Chambers
Why his career was so short, I do not know, but suppose he lacked the necessary severity to suit Colonel Lloyd.
Every feeling was offended; and the forbearance of her outward submission left a heavy arrear due of secret severity in her reflections on the unmanageable goodwill of Mr.
Frosts will soon set in, and in all probability with severity.
Would you not be happier if you tried to forget her severity, together with the passionate emotions it excited?