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NOUN (4)

1. used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather;
[syn: badness, severity, severeness]

2. something hard to endure;
- Example: "the asperity of northern winters"
[syn: asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigour, severity, severeness, rigorousness, rigourousness]

3. extreme plainness;
[syn: austereness, severity, severeness]

4. excessive sternness;
- Example: "severity of character"
- Example: "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"
- Example: "the rigors of boot camp"
[syn: severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffness]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Severe \Se*vere"\, a. [Compar. Severer; superl. Severest.] [L. severus; perhaps akin to Gr. ??? awe, ??? revered, holy, solemn, Goth. swikns innocent, chaste: cf. F. s['e]v[`e]re. Cf. Asseverate, Persevere.] 1. Serious in feeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful. [1913 Webster] Your looks alter, as your subject does, From kind to fierce, from wanton to severe. --Waller. [1913 Webster] 2. Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment. "Custody severe." --Milton. [1913 Webster] Come! you are too severe a moraler. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Let your zeal, if it must be expressed in anger, be always more severe against thyself than against others. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 3. Rigidly methodical, or adherent to rule or principle; exactly conformed to a standard; not allowing or employing unneccessary ornament, amplification, etc.; strict; -- said of style, argument, etc. "Restrained by reason and severe principles." --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] The Latin, a most severe and compendious language. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold. [1913 Webster] 5. Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test. [1913 Webster] Syn: Strict; grave; austere; stern; morose; rigid; exact; rigorous; hard; rough; harsh; censorious; tart; acrimonious; sarcastic; satirical; cutting; biting; keen; bitter; cruel. See Strict. [1913 Webster] -- Se*vere"ly, adv. -- Se*vere"ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

severeness n 1: used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather [syn: badness, severity, severeness] 2: something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern winters" [syn: asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigour, severity, severeness, rigorousness, rigourousness] 3: extreme plainness [syn: austereness, severity, severeness] 4: excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp" [syn: severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffness]