One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
acuteness, seriousness, gravity, graveness, severeness, grievousness, extremitystrength, intensity, ferocity, fierceness, violence, power, powerfulness, force, forcefulnessharshness, severeness, cold, coldness, bleakness, extremityharshness, strictness, hardness, sternness, toughness, rigorousness, rigour, stringency, inflexibility, relentlessness, pitilessness, ruthlessnesssternness, dourness, grimness, sombreness, unfriendliness, graveness, gravity, soberness, seriousness, austereness, austerity, stiffness, flintiness, stoniness, steelinessplainness, simplicity, restraint, lack of adornment, lack of decoration, lack of ornament, lack of embellishment, austerity, spareness, starknessView synonyms
- ‘Other measures will have to be used depending on the severity and type of problem.’
- ‘After two or three days of illness, pains of extraordinary severity develop.’
- ‘But his severity made him unpopular with the boys and he was passed over for promotion.’
- ‘Magistrates told Lawrence that the severity of the offences could warrant a custodial term.’
- ‘The severity and frequency of weather conditions were to blame for the financial situation.’
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