One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the severity of the disease’
acuteness, seriousness, gravity, graveness, severeness, grievousness, extremity
2‘global warming was blamed for an increase in the severity of storms’
strength, intensity, ferocity, fierceness, violence, power, powerfulness, force, forcefulness
3‘the severity of the winter may have killed the grass’
harshness, severeness, cold, coldness, bleakness, extremity
4‘the Emperor was often on bad terms with his younger brothers, whom he treated with great severity’
harshness, strictness, hardness, sternness, toughness, rigorousness, rigour, stringency, inflexibility, relentlessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness
brutality, inhumanity, cruelty, savagery
5‘Robyn flinched at the severity of his expression’
sternness, dourness, grimness, sombreness, unfriendliness, graveness, gravity, soberness, seriousness, austereness, austerity, stiffness, flintiness, stoniness, steeliness
coldness, frostiness, iciness, frigidity
6‘a white, filmy gown that contrasted with the black severity of her own attire’
plainness, simplicity, restraint, lack of adornment, lack of decoration, lack of ornament, lack of embellishment, austerity, spareness, starkness
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