severe

Definitions

  • the Name of Kheops Drawn in Red on Several Blocks Of the Great Pyramid
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj severe causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm "a dangerous operation","a grave situation","a grave illness","grievous bodily harm","a serious wound","a serious turn of events","a severe case of pneumonia","a life-threatening disease"
    • adj severe very bad in degree or extent "a severe worldwide depression","the house suffered severe damage"
    • adj severe unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment "a parent severe to the pitch of hostility"- H.G.Wells","a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien","a strict disciplinarian","a Spartan upbringing"
    • adj severe intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality "severe pain","a severe case of flu","a terrible cough","under wicked fire from the enemy's guns","a wicked cough"
    • adj severe severely simple "a stark interior"
    • adj severe very strong or vigorous "strong winds","a hard left to the chin","a knockout punch","a severe blow"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

SEVERE, BUT FLATTERING SEVERE, BUT FLATTERING
Showing an edifice of several storeys Showing an edifice of several storeys
A leather shoe and several leather shoe soles were uncovered in an early 17th-century well A leather shoe and several leather shoe soles were uncovered in an early 17th-century well
I've seen the imperial family several times I've seen the imperial family several times

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 10% of the 100,000 thunderstorms that occur in the USA every year are classified as severe.
    • Severe Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test.
    • Severe 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. "Restrained by reason and severe principles.""The Latin, a most severe and compendious language."
    • Severe Serious in feeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful. "Your looks alter, as your subject does,
      From kind to fierce, from wanton to severe ."
    • Severe Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold.
    • Severe Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment. "Custody severe .""Come! you are too severe a moraler.""Let your zeal, if it must be expressed in anger, be always more severe against thyself than against others."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The largest fish in the world is the whale shark. It can weigh several tons and grow to more than fifty feet in length
    • severe Serious or earnest in feeling, manner, or appearance; without levity; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful.
    • severe Very strict in judgment, discipline, or ac tion; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; harsh; rigid; merciless: as, severe criticism; severe punishment.
    • severe Strictly regulated by rule or principle; exactly conforming to a standard; rigidly methodical; hence, in lit., art, etc., avoiding, or not exhibiting or permitting, unnecessary or florid ornament, amplification, or the like; restrained; not luxuriant; always keeping measure; pure in line and form; chaste in conception; subordinated to a high ideal: as, a severe style of writing; the severest style of Greek architecture; the severe school of German music.
    • severe Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme: as, severe pain, anguish, or torture; severe cold; a severe winter.
    • severe Difficult to be endured; trying; critical; rigorous: as, a severe test; a severe examination.
    • severe Synonyms and Harsh, Strict, etc. (see austere), unrelenting.
    • severe Exact, accurate, unadorned, chaste.
    • severe Cutting, keen, biting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People who have a tough time handling the stress of money woes are twice as likely to develop severe gum disease, a new study finds.
    • adj Severe sē-vēr′ serious: grave: austere: strict: not mild: strictly adhering to rule: free from florid ornamentation, simple: sharp: distressing: inclement: searching: difficult to be endured
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Quotations

  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Laws too gentle, are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.”
  • Charles De Montesquieu
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    “The severity of the laws prevents their execution.”
  • Lawrence Durrell
    Lawrence Durrell
    “It's unthinkable not to love --you'd have a severe nervous breakdown. Or you'd have to be Philip Larkin.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    Friedrich%20Nietzsche
    “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Nature understands no jesting. She is always true, always serious, always severe. She is always right, and the errors are always those of man.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. severus,; perhaps akin to Gr. awe, revered, holy, solemn, Goth. swikns, innocent, chaste: cf. F. sévère,. Cf. Asseverate Persevere
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sévère—L. severus.

Usage

In literature:

Severance waited several minutes, listening, a faint smile curling her mouth with intentness and satisfaction.
"Young People's Pride" by Stephen Vincent Benet
E, & the river turns to the left, Several Deer Killed to day.
"The Journals of Lewis and Clark" by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
The English fired; several of the militia were killed, nine wounded, and the rest dispersed.
"True to the Old Flag" by G. A. Henty
Several minor chieftains now divide authority in the Swat Valley, but till 1870 it was governed by a single ruler.
"The Story of the Malakand Field Force" by Sir Winston S. Churchill
Several vessels were coming out at the same time, and among them were several of the clippers in the French trade.
"Ned Myers" by James Fenimore Cooper
The quotas of the several states in all of these forces will be in proportion to their population.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
About the end of the year he was obliged to spend several days in London on business.
"Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel" by John Yeardley
It is a mixture of several chemical substances and differs in appearance and composition in different parts of the body.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
Several kangaroos were seen on the sandy downs.
"Journals of Australian Explorations" by A C and F T Gregory
After several days he returned, and received a severe whipping.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
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In poetry:

I know thy judgments, Lord, are right,
Though they may seem severe;
The sharpest suff'rings I endure
Flow from thy faithful care.
"Psalm 119 part 14" by Isaac Watts
Lay on me, Saviour, what thou wilt,
But give me strength to bear:
Thy gracious hand this cross hath dealt,
Which cannot be severe.
"In Sickness" by Augustus Montague Toplady
Why for ever courting France?
When we pipe she will not dance;
Oft I fear our paths will sever—
Follow in her wake!—no, never!
"The Voice of Blood" by Janet Hamilton
Away my verse; and never fear,
As men before such beauty do;
On you she will not look severe,
She will not turn her eyes from you.
"Ianthe" by Walter Savage Landor
Though smile and sigh alike are vain,
When severed hearts repine
My spirit flies o'er Mount and Main
And mourns in search of thine.
"Stanzas Composed During A Thunderstorm" by Lord George Gordon Byron
I am not " coy," I am not " proud,"
No "gulf" us twain doth " sever j"
And where I tread the daisies lie
As they were dead for ever.
"Chloe's Song" by Ethel Clifford

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I've passed through Scotland several times lately running back and forth to Possum Kingdom for weekend R&R.
Severe weather in the US interior has wrought economic disaster.
We should be organizing people to confront the real problems of society, and they are very severe.
But there were still several games played at the North Smithfield Elementary School fields.
The patient smoked two packs a day for more than 40 years, so severe emphysema was a real possibility.
We recently spent the day with two RV traveling couples we met several years ago while volunteering in the Florida Keys.
Microsoft said on Monday it and several partners had disrupted several cybercrime rings that used a notorious piece of malicious software called Zeus to steal.
The strong cell hit west of Viola in Fulton County shortly before 2:00 pm We have received reports of damage to an apartment complex, several mobile homes, and several barns.
The driver of an SUV that crashed and left several people with lifelong injuries is facing several - 5:51 am.
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In science:

In §6.3.2 we then rule out several of these more complicated weeds by specialized methods, again producing several more vines.
Subfactors of index less than 5, part 1: the principal graph odometer
So polythreading is about several threads operating in succession, while multi-threading refers to several threads operating concurrently.
Informal Control code logic
An drawback of this software is that it usually requires the use of several bases and, consequently, the computation of several exponentiations modulo N .
A primality test for $Kp^n+1$ numbers
Then, in section 4, we will consider several rewritings and expansions of the dressing factor, including the BeisertEden-Staudacher solution [3, 4] and several weak and strong coupling expansions.
Review of AdS/CFT Integrability, Chapter III.3: The dressing factor
The several thin lines plotted in this figure are several truncations of this expansion (from 1 to 20 terms); the more terms are included the most they approach the real curve for g < 1/4, the radius of convergence.
Review of AdS/CFT Integrability, Chapter III.3: The dressing factor
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