a.1.Serious in feeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful.
2.Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment.
Come! you are too severe a moraler.
- Shak.
3.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.
The Latin, a most severe and compendious language.
- Dryden.
4.Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold.
5.Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test.
Adj.1.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"
Synonyms: terrible, wicked
2.severe - very strong or vigorous; "strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow"
Synonyms: knockout, hard
3.severe - severely simple; "a stark interior"
Synonyms: austere, stark
4.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"
Synonyms: spartan, strict
5.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"
6.severe - very bad in degree or extent; "a severe worldwide depression"; "the house suffered severe damage"
Draconian, Herculean, Siberian, Spartan, Spartanic, abrupt, absolute, absolutist, absolutistic, abstruse, acerbic, acid, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, afflictive, aggressive, agonizing, algid, aloof, arbitrary, arctic, aristocratic, arrogant, ascetic, asperous, astringent, atrocious, austere, authoritarian, authoritative, autocratic, awful, badly, bald, bare, basic, bearish, beastly, below zero, biting, bitter, bitterly cold, bleak, blistering, bluff, blunt, blustering, blustery, boreal, bossy, brash, brisk, brumal, brusque, brutal, burdensome, candid, caustic, cavalier, chaste, churlish, close, cold, cold as charity, cold as death, cold as ice, cold as marble, common, commonplace, complex, constant, cramping, crimpy, crisp, critical, crude, crusty, curt, cutting, delicate, demanding, despotic, dictatorial, difficile, dire, direct, disagreeable, disciplined, domineering, double-edged, dour, drastic, dreadful, dry, dull, edged, effortful, elementary, escharotic, essential, even, exact, excessive, excruciating, exigent, exorbitant, express, extravagant, extreme, faithful, fastidious, fatal, feudal, fierce, fine, flinty, forbidding, formidable, frank, freezing, freezing cold, frigid, fundamental, furious, gelid, glacial, glowering, gnawing, grave, gravely, great, grievous, grim, grinding, griping, gruff, hairy, hard-earned, hard-fought, hardly, harrowing, harshly, heavy, heavy-handed, hibernal, hiemal, high-handed, homely, homespun, homogeneous, hostile, hurtful, hurting, hyperborean, ice-cold, ice-encrusted, icelike, icy, immoderate, imperative, imperial, imperious, incisive, inclement, indivisible, inerrable, inerrant, inexorable, infallible, inflexible, inhospitable, inhuman, inornate, intemperate, intensely, intricate, iron-willed, irreducible, irritating, jawbreaking, keen, knotted, knotty, laborious, lean, lordly, magisterial, magistral, markedly, masterful, mathematical, matter-of-fact, mean, merciless, mere, meticulous, micrometrically precise, microscopic, modest, monastic, monocratic, monolithic, mordacious, mordant, mortal, mortified, natural, neat, nice, nipping, nippy, no picnic, nose-tickling, not easy, numbing, obdurate, of a piece, onerous, open, operose, oppressive, outrageous, overbearing, overruling, painful, painfully, painstaking, paroxysmal, penetrating, peremptory, piercing, pinching, pinpoint, piquant, pitiless, plain, plain-speaking, plain-spoken, poignant, precise, primal, primary, primitive, prosaic, prosing, prosy, pungent, punishing, punitive, pure, pure and simple, racking, raw, refined, religious, religiously exact, repressive, restrictive, rigorously, rough, roughly, rugged, rustic, ruthless, savage, scathing, scientific, scientifically exact, self-disciplined, serious, set with thorns, severe, severely, shooting, short, simon-pure, simple, simple-speaking, single, sleety, slushy, smart, snappy, snippy, sober, sore, sour, spare, sparse, spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic, spiny, splitting, square, stabbing, stark, steep, stiff, stinging, stone-cold, stony, stormy, straightforward, strait-laced, strenuous, strident, subtle, subzero, supercooled, suppressive, surly, tart, taxing, terminal, thorny, ticklish, toilsome, tormenting, torturous, tough, trenchant, tricky, truculent, turbulent, tyrannical, tyrannous, unadorned, unaffected, unbending, uncluttered, uncompromising, unconscionable, undecorated, undeviating, undifferenced, undifferentiated, unelaborate, unembellished, unerring, unfancy, unfeeling, unfussy, ungentle, uniform, unimaginative, unornate, unpoetical, unsmiling, unsparing, unsympathetic, unvarnished, uphill, vehement, venomous, violent, virulent, vitriolic, weighty, wicked, winterbound, winterlike, wintery, wintry
Translate Severe to Spanish, Translate Severe to German, Translate Severe to French
severable contract
severance agreement
-- Severe --
severe acute respiratory syndrome
severe combined immunodeficiency
severe combined immunodeficiency disease
Severn River
Severo Ochoa
Seville orange
Definitions Index: # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

About this site and copyright information - Online Dictionary Home