Definition of Severity

1. Noun. Used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather.

Exact synonyms: Badness, Severeness
Generic synonyms: Intensity, Intensiveness
Specialized synonyms: Foulness, Raininess, Distressfulness, Seriousness
Derivative terms: Bad, Bad, Bad, Severe, Severe, Severe, Severe, Severe



2. Noun. Something hard to endure. "The asperity of northern winters"
Exact synonyms: Asperity, Grimness, Hardship, Rigor, Rigorousness, Rigour, Rigourousness, Severeness
Generic synonyms: Difficultness, Difficulty
Specialized synonyms: Sternness
Derivative terms: Grim, Severe

3. Noun. Extreme plainness.
Exact synonyms: Austereness, Severeness
Generic synonyms: Plainness
Derivative terms: Austere, Austere, Severe

4. Noun. Excessive sternness. "The rigors of boot camp"

Definition of Severity

1. n. The quality or state of being severe.

Definition of Severity

1. Noun. The state of being severe. ¹

2. Noun. The degree of something undesirable; badness or seriousness. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Severity

1. the quality or state of being severe [n -TIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Severity

severe combined immunodeficiency disease
severe combined immunodeficient mice
severe postanoxic encephalopathy
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severest
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severin
severing
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severity (current term)
severity of illness index
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sevoflurane
sevruga
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sevum
sew
sew together
sew up

Literary usage of Severity

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1916)
"(A135.172) Female, aged thirty-nine years, goiter for sixteen years, maximum severity four years ago 3, present severity 1. 8. ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"On the other hand, ш his writings against the Donatists he upholds the rights of the State sometimes, he says, a salutary severity would be to the interest ..."

3. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"On the contrary, there was a decided severity in his face, that severity which enables a man alike to exact from others, ..."

4. Homerica, Emendations and Elucidations of the Odyssey by Thomas Leyden Agar (1908)
"insensate and exemplary than the one here exposed with, I submit, no more severity than it deserves. ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"... a. gradual standardization of really professional training of teachers, comparable with the other professions in scope and severity of requirements. ..."

6. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1901)
"As soon as the severity of the persecution was abated, the doors of the churches were assailed by the returning multitude of penitents, who detested their ..."

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