severe

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See also: sévère

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin severus (severe, serious, grave in demeanor).

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Adjective[edit]

severe (comparative severer, superlative severest)

  1. Very bad or intense.
    • 2012 January 1, Donald Worster, “A Drier and Hotter Future”, American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 70: 
      Phoenix and Lubbock are both caught in severe drought, and it is going to get much worse. We may see many such [dust] storms in the decades ahead, along with species extinctions, radical disturbance of ecosystems, and intensified social conflict over land and water. Welcome to the Anthropocene, the epoch when humans have become a major geological and climatic force.
  2. Strict or harsh.
  3. Sober, plain in appearance, austere.

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  • (very bad or intense): mild
  • (very bad or intense): minor
  • (strict or harsh): lenient

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severe

  1. severely

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

severe f pl

  1. feminine plural of severo

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sevēre

  1. vocative masculine singular of sevērus