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
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    “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
Mrs. Willard, having spent several months in Europe, did not return until I had been at the seminary some time.
"Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Before us we saw several posts standing upright, but they were blackened and charred, while several others lay scattered about.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Several of the poor people were severely wounded, and many more were mourning for relatives whom they had lost.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
In this little fight the British had four officers killed and several severely wounded.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Unfortunately, several barrels were saved, two of which stood on deck, with open heads.
"Fifty Years In The Northwest" by William Henry Carman Folsom
In severe cases the amount of bleeding practiced was almost incredible.
"Psychotherapy" by James J. Walsh
But this does not hinder the thermometer from remaining steadily for several months at 25 deg.
"Travels in the Steppes of the Caspian Sea, the Crimea, the Caucasus, &c." by Xavier Hommaire de Hell
Several towns were soon established, and a shipyard opened.
"The Colonization of North America" by Herbert Eugene Bolton
I tried to organize several cooeperative expeditions to the Arctic.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
An ash-tray on the gilded centre-table held several cigarette stubs.
"To Him That Hath" by Leroy Scott
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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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FCC chairman Kevin Martin expressed his support for a la carte cable programming in a letter sent to several minority groups on Wednesday.
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
This distinction in identities manifests itself when people have several different responsibilities, or, in other words, may have several different “roles”.
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
If this were true, then almost all large enough unknotted polygons contain several copies of PK and hence several copies of translated versions of Θ0 .
Knotting probabilities after a local strand passage in unknotted self-avoiding polygons
Several methods to extract all unknown parameters from the data were proposed, using combinations of several D modes or input from charm studies.
Extraction of the weak angle gamma from B to charm decays
The event horizon H may consists of several connected components, which might occur, for example, when the final state is represented by one of the Ma jumdar-Papapetrou solutions to the Einstein-Maxwell equations describing equilibrium states of several extremely charged black holes.
Topology and Uniqueness of Higher Dimensional Black Holes
Next, let us discuss several forbidden processes in topology change of black holes. A well known is the no bifurcation theorem of black hole due to Hawking,7) which says that a black hole does not evolve into several black holes by bifurcating.
Topology and Uniqueness of Higher Dimensional Black Holes
Several extension modules are already provided and several more are under development.
The stellar atmosphere simulation code Bifrost
Rossi, Analytic Functions of Several Complex Variables, Prentice-Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, N. J., 1965. L. H¨ormander, Introduction to Complex Analysis in Several Variables, Third Edition, North-Holland, 1989. R.
Another Direct Proof of Oka's Theorem (Oka IX)
For instance, a dataset may be replaced by several p-values, pi (y), against several specific hypotheses.
Relevant statistics for Bayesian model choice
We analyse several reinforcement algorithms in several contexts of cooperation and competition.
On the influence of intelligence in (social) intelligence testing environments
We now explore matching mechanisms that will account for several of these criteria: we frame the matching procedure as an optimization problem and show how several properties can be formulated as constraints or modifications of the objective function.
A Framework for Optimizing Paper Matching
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