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Definition of severe:

  1. Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test.
  2. Rigidly methodical, or adherent to rule or principle; exactly conformed to a standard; not allowing or employing unneccessary ornament, amplification, etc.; strict; - said of style, argument, etc.
  3. Serious in feeeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful.
  4. Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold.
  5. Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment.

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unholy, awful, stubborn, domineering, unplayful, grievous, ascetical, effortful, mischievous, weighty, thoroughgoing, nonindulgent, direful, implike, crabbed, adamant, hot, double-dyed, intense, yucky, brutal, complete, unforgiving, momentous, indulgent, inexorable, flexible, unappeasable, sober, grave, sinful, close, staring, knockout, tyrannical, easygoing, crusty, intemperate, resolute, prankish, disgustful, bad, yielding, unsafe, serious, dangerous, exigent, desolate, life-threatening, help, disgusting, heartrending, despotic, repellent, flagitious, utter, intractable, dreadful, abominable, unrelenting, gross, foul, dire, stark, dread, stiff, wicked, unmerciful, Spartan, hard-shell, good, puckish, concentrated, forbidding, operose, easy, punishing, arch, attitude, repellant, solemn, determined, everlasting, skanky, crude, insensate, strict, surd, loathsome, sodding, implacable, voiceless, impish, strong, hefty, comfort, gruelling, pitiless, barren, inconsiderate, sedate, frightening, loathly, powerful, unyielding, atrocious, mordant, autocratic, monstrous, revolting, unadulterated, big, firm, important, earnest, bare, peremptory, unvoiced, consummate, critical, backbreaking, taxing, austere, tremendous, fearsome, repelling, pure, perfect, unjust, barbarous, unfeeling, heartbreaking, overbearing, plain, unmitigated, exhausting, pixilated, horrific, immovable, fearful, unalterable, unspeakable, hard, unchanging, distasteful, arrant, earnest, heavy, dreaded, frightful, terrible.

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