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Definition of severity:

  1. Exactness; rigorousness; strictness; as, the severity of a test.
  2. Gravity or austerity; extreme strictness; rigor; harshness; as, the severity of a reprimand or a reproof; severity of discipline or government; severity of penalties.
  3. Harshness; cruel treatment; sharpness of punishment; as, severity practiced on prisoners of war.
  4. The quality or power of distressing or paining; extreme degree; extremity; intensity; inclemency; as, the severity of pain or anguish; the severity of cold or heat; the severity of the winter.
  5. The quality or state of being severe.

Synonyms:

ruggedness, explosiveness, inflexibility, bad, the knives are out, savageness, fury, depth, insensibility, vehemency, easy, gracelessness, fierceness, rigidity, hardheartedness, hostility, inclemency, gruesomeness, strong, grimness, awkwardness, unfeelingness, acrimony, plainness, inclementness, harshness, moroseness, sourness, tartness, pitch, virulence, unkindness, seriousness, callosity, validity, bad weather, hardship, badness, malignity, aloofness, rigour, stiffness, asperity, hauteur, distance, hardness, naughtiness, vehemence, rigourousness, luridness, gravity, cogency, cruelness, violence, ferocity, mischievousness, big, rigor, austereness, rigorousness, unsightliness, rigidness, extremity, abrasiveness, callousness, scratchiness, ugliness, unattractiveness, severeness, hard knocks, frigidity, ferociousness, clumsiness, ghastliness.

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