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- (rare) Excessively severe.
- 1817, United States Government Printing Office, United States Congressional Serial Set, U.S. G.P.O., page 343:
- Companies, by often imposing oversevere tasks on their men, oblige them to use every subterfuge in order to meet the imjust exigencies of their employers.
- 1822, Francis Charles Laird, Lady Jane Grey, and Her Times, Sherwood, Neely and Jones, page 125:
- From her girlish days, Lady Jane was permitted, by her fond, yet oversevere parents, to mix with a few of the intimate friends of the family.
- 1858, Catherine Grace F . Gore, Heckington, Hurst and Blackett Publishers, page 129:
- "I cannot help hoping that you are oversevere," said Miss Corbet.
- 1865, Francis Charles Laird, The Nation, J.H. Richards, page 718-719:
- If the Senate amendments prevail the alien would find himself caught between two fires. He must register if he is an alien; he must pass an oversevere educational test if he wishes to become a citizen.
- 1920, The Saturday Evening Post, G. Graham, page 22:
- This is not an unjust or oversevere commentary; let any reasonable reader inspect the publications of the vers-libre poets, the exhibitions of cubist sculpture and futurist painting, the productions of the disciples of the new art of the theater and decide that point for himself.