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over- +‎ severe


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌəʊvəˈsɪˈvɪə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌəʊvəˈsɪˈvɪɹ/
  • Hyphenation: o‧ver‧sev‧ere


oversevere (comparative more oversevere, superlative most oversevere)

  1. (rare) Excessively severe.
    • 1817, United States Government Printing Office, United States Congressional Serial Set[1], 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[2], 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[3], Hurst and Blackett Publishers, page 129:
      "I cannot help hoping that you are oversevere," said Miss Corbet.
    • 1865, Francis Charles Laird, The Nation[4], 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[5], 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.