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Adjective: severe (severer,severest)  su'veer
  1. Intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality
    "severe pain"; "a severe case of flu";
    - terrible, wicked [informal]
  2. Very strong or vigorous
    "a severe blow";
    - hard, knockout
  3. Very plain, appearing grim and minimally functional
    "a severe interior";
    - austere, stark, stern
  4. Unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
    "a parent severe to the pitch of hostility"; "a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien";
    - spartan
  5. Causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
    "a severe case of pneumonia";
    - dangerous, grave, grievous, serious, life-threatening
  6. Very bad in degree or extent
    "a severe worldwide depression"; "the house suffered severe damage"

Derived forms: severer, severest

See also: bad, critical, intense, nonindulgent, plain, strict, strong

Encyclopedia: Severe