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Noun: severity  si've-ri-tee
  1. Used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
    - badness, severeness
     
  2. The quality of being hard to endure, uninviting or formidable
    "the severity of northern winters";
    - asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor [US], rigour [Brit, Cdn], severeness, rigorousness, rigourousness [Brit, non-standard]
     
  3. Extreme plainness
    - austereness, severeness
     
  4. Excessive sternness
    "severity of character";
    - severeness, harshness, rigor [US], rigour [Brit, Cdn], rigorousness, rigourousness [Brit, non-standard], inclemency, hardness, stiffness

Derived forms: severities

Type of: difficultness, difficulty, intensity, intensiveness, plainness, sternness, strictness

Encyclopedia: Severity