[ UK /sɪvˈi‍ə/ ]
[ US /səˈvɪɹ/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. severely simple
    a stark interior
  2. unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
    a strict disciplinarian
    a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien
    a parent severe to the pitch of hostility
    a Spartan upbringing
  3. intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality
    a terrible cough
    severe pain
    under wicked fire from the enemy's guns
    a wicked cough
    a severe case of flu
  4. very bad in degree or extent
    the house suffered severe damage
    a severe worldwide depression
  5. very strong or vigorous
    strong winds
    a knockout punch
    a hard left to the chin
    a severe blow
  6. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
    a severe case of pneumonia
    a serious turn of events
    grievous bodily harm
    a life-threatening disease
    a dangerous operation
    a grave illness
    a grave situation
    a serious wound
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How To Use severe In A Sentence

  • The bad weather severely handicapped their performance in the race.
  • `I'll persevere with anything that might rid me of this pestilence. THE INNOCENTS AT HOME (A SUPERINTENDENT KENWORTHY NOVEL)
  • Severe paruresis in school aged children can also lead to complete school refusal by the child, as well as more pervasive anxiety that can spread into other areas of life, such as social anxiety or even panic attacks. WebWire | Recent Headlines
  • I even dragged my acrophobic mother up mountains in the Auvergne, only to leave her quivering halfway up while I persevered alone to the top.
  • They inflicted severe psychological damage on their opponents.
  • Even if the knock is not severe enough to cause the skull to fracture, the brain bangs against the skull and can be damaged.
  • Sudden ruptures of the artery can lead to fatal blood loss or severe brain damage.
  • Matters went on pretty well with us until my master was seized with a severe fit of illness, in consequence of which his literary scheme was completely defeated, and his condition in life materially injured; of course, the glad tones of encouragement which I had been accustomed to hear were changed into expressions of condolence, and sometimes assurances of unabated friendship; but then it must be remembered that I, the handsomest blue coat, was _still in good condition_, and it will perhaps appear, that if I were not my master's The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 262, July 7, 1827
  • Betty, aged 43, was severely depressed when I first met her.
  • The first followed a head on collision with a bus, where she had to be cut out of the car and fortunately her only injury was severe whiplash.
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