severity

Definitions

  • the Name of Kheops Drawn in Red on Several Blocks Of the Great Pyramid
    the Name of Kheops Drawn in Red on Several Blocks Of the Great Pyramid
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n severity excessive sternness "severity of character","the harshness of his punishment was inhuman","the rigors of boot camp"
    • n severity extreme plainness
    • n severity something hard to endure "the asperity of northern winters"
    • n severity used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
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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: Lassie was played by several male dogs, despite the female name, because male collies were thought to look better on camera. The main "actor" was named Pal.
    • n Severity The quality or state of being severe. "Strict age, and sour severity .""Confining myself to the severity of truth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Most gemstones contain several elements; except the diamond, it's all carbon.
    • n severity The character or state of being severe. Especially—
    • n severity Extreme rigor; strictness; rigidity; harshness.
    • n severity Harshness; cruel treatment; sharpness of punishment: as, severity practised on prisoners of war.
    • n severity In lit., art, etc., the quality of strict conformity to an ideal rule or standard; studied moderation; freedom from all exuberance or florid ornament; purity of line and form; austerity of style.
    • n severity The quality or power of afflicting, distressing, or paining; extreme degree; extremity; keenness: as, the severity of pain or anguish; the severity of cold or heat; the severity of the winter.
    • n severity Exactness; rigor; niceness: as, the severity of a test.
    • n severity Strictness; rigid accuracy.
    • n severity Synonyms and Asperity, Harshness, etc. (see acrimony), unkindness. And Sharpness, keenness, force. See list under harshness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • Severity quality of being severe: gravity: harshness: exactness: inclemency
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Quotations

  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “Remove severe restraint and what will become of virtue?”
  • Thomas A. Edison
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    “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.”
  • Tallulah Bankhead
    Tallulah Bankhead
    “I've tried several varieties of sex. The conventional position makes me claustrophobic and the others give me a stiff neck or lockjaw.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “Sobriety, severity, and self-respect are the foundations of all true sociality.”
  • Terence
    Terence
    “Children should be led into the right paths, not by severity, but by persuasion.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. severitas,: cf. F. sévérité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sévère—L. severus.

Usage

In literature:

The steward immediately showed him into his cabin, where for a short time he was engaged in arranging several cases and other articles.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
Several other shells were fired in the direction taken by the natives, who immediately scampered off, leaving several dead behind them.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
Several streams pass through the cavern, down the sides of which rush numerous cataracts.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The ships received several severe blows from masses of ice of the largest size.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
They slept there for several halves.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
It can be discharged through a tube with such accuracy that it can strike an object several hundred yards off.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
The pursuit was growing warm, and the next day the advance of the Union troops was checked in several places and severe skirmishes resulted.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
After attaining a height of several hundred yards, he flew forward in a horizontal course, and followed the direction of the stream.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He had penetrated 500 miles when the severity of the weather compelled him to wait for a less severe temperature.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Several boys were together, and one of them several years older than I.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
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In poetry:

An urchin fly has slain the youth,
Has slain him with a bow and quiver;
A fairer mind of spotless truth
From such a form Death ne'er did sever.
"A Song - II" by Rebekah Carmichael
Can I forget the trembling tear
That seem'd to say we part for ever ;
And plainly told the hidden fear
That Fate the bands of Love would sever ?
"The Sailor-----Song" by Laura Sophia Temple
Must we say "gone forever"?
Or will it all come true?
Shall I attain to you ever?
And, o'er the doubts that sever,
Rise to the truth that's you?
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
We speak, yet ye are dumb! How dread
This deep, stern silence of the Dead!
The whispers of the Grave, severe,
The listening Soul alone can hear!
"Inscription For A Rural Cemetery" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Alas! with swift and silent pace,
Impatient time rolls on the year;
The Seasons change, and Nature's face
Now sweetly smiles, now frowns severe.
"Autumn" by Samuel Johnson
Some are estranged, some have gone under;
The battle of life is severe.
When I stand by their graves, the wonder,
The mystery, seems to be clear:
"Retrospection" by David John Scott

In news:

Several community nonprofit groups, from a soup kitchen to several after-school programs, are hoping the Goldsboro City Council will give them part of a federal grant to help low-income residents.
And those who had severe cataracts removed experienced 23 percent fewer hip fractures than those who had severe cataracts but did not have surgery.
The rig is so effective in certain situations that several bass organizations and several states have banned its use.
Several roads in southern and eastern Duplin County remain closed because of high water today, but emergency officials said they do not expect rain predicted for the next several days to push levels higher.
A former Holland man who was accused of being New York's " Dapper Groper" -- a person wanted for several cases of groping women in Manhattan earlier this year -- has been cleared of all charges, several media outlets are reporting.
Many organizations have equipment that is several years old, maybe even several decades old.
The skull indicates that the child who lived about 530,000 years ago would have been severely handicapped — and yet survived at least five years and possibly several years longer.
Emergency crews comb through some of the damage after a severe storm hit in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012, in Harrisrbug, Ill. A severe pre-dawn storm pounded portions of southern Illinois on Wednesday.
We fully understand the severity of the economic issues facing Michigan, and while we agree with several of the Governor's proposed policy changes, his budget is something we cannot accept.
We've seen Dierks Bentley's beloved dog Jake in several of Dierks' music videos and on several red carpets.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch, Severe Thunderstorm Warning, more.
The low price might not turn any heads except that several state lawmakers had just asked Washington State Ferries to consider putting the "Rhody" back into service because several other ferries are out of commission.
Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington said back in June, Burton and an accomplice broke into several cars late at night and made purchases at several area stores with any credit cards they found.
A former Holland man who was accused of being New York's "Dapper Groper " -- a person wanted for several cases of groping women in Manhattan earlier this year -- has been cleared of all charges, several media outlets are reporting.
It's been several weeks since a severed head and other body parts were found in Bronson Canyon Park.
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In science:

H into several cells of G; - demands several steps of G in order to simulate several steps of H .
Intrinsically universal n-dimensional quantum cellular automata
There are several sets of Bethe ansatz equations corresponding to the fact that there are several choices of simple root systems for a Lie superalgebra.
Analytic Bethe ansatz and functional equations associated with any simple root systems of the Lie superalgebra sl(r+1|s+1)
The left panel displays the case ω = 0 for several values of α, and the right panel the case α = 1/2, for several values of ω 6= 0 (see caption for details).
Decoherence due to an excited state quantum phase transition in a two-level boson model
Several techniques (simulated annealing, PMR evolution, change environment, etc.) introduced above, help in finding the global maximum, but they all assume a single solution and, therefore, cannot help if there are several maxima of almost equal heights/amplitudes.
The search for spinning black hole binaries in mock LISA data using a genetic algorithm
We give several applications of the representation on independent variables proving several versions of the Poincar´e-Borel lemma (see e.g. [Led96]) working both with weak convergence and large deviations.
Generalized Dirichlet distributions on the ball and moments
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