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[mass noun] The fact or condition of being severe:‘sentences should reflect the severity of the crime’‘hay fever symptoms vary in severity’‘she stared at me with mock severity’
strength, intensity, ferocity, fierceness, violence, power, powerfulness, force, forcefulnessharshness, severeness, cold, coldness, bleakness, extremityharshness, strictness, hardness, sternness, toughness, rigorousness, rigour, stringency, inflexibility, relentlessness, pitilessness, ruthlessnessacuteness, seriousness, gravity, graveness, severeness, grievousness, extremityplainness, simplicity, restraint, lack of adornment, lack of decoration, lack of ornament, lack of embellishment, austerity, spareness, starknesssternness, dourness, grimness, sombreness, unfriendliness, graveness, gravity, soberness, seriousness, austereness, austerity, stiffness, flintiness, stoniness, steelinessView synonyms
- ‘The severity and frequency of weather conditions were to blame for the financial situation.’
- ‘Magistrates told Lawrence that the severity of the offences could warrant a custodial term.’
- ‘Other measures will have to be used depending on the severity and type of problem.’
- ‘But his severity made him unpopular with the boys and he was passed over for promotion.’
- ‘After two or three days of illness, pains of extraordinary severity develop.’
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