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Imposing or constituting a physical, mental, or figurative load
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“I grew up in poor and severe conditions, determined to make something of myself.”
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Significant in the degree of importance or seriousness, typically requiring immediate action or attention
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“Due to a downturn in sales, the company's finances this quarter appear to be fairly severe.”
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Demanding great ability, skill, or resilience
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“Having to go through files and records dating back decades is a rather severe task.”
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Harsh, usually to a disproportionate degree
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“The commission will be placing severe restrictions on the rights of broadcasters to offer online services.”
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Strict or harsh in the treatment of others
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“She subjected her son to a severe tongue-lashing for his misdemeanor.”
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Having a harsh or menacing demeanor or nature
“Clegane was a tall and powerful man who regularly wore a severe expression on his face.”
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(of a pain or discomfort) Causing discomfort by its harshness
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“The constant nagging and complaining would give me a severe headache.”
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(of the elements) Causing discomfort by its harshness
“The little town had to be rebuilt following the devastation caused by the severe flood.”
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(of cold weather or climate) Causing discomfort by its harshness
“A severe winter storm has enveloped much of the east coast, delivering snow and strong winds.”
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Very plain in style or appearance
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“He typically wears impeccably tailored suits in the traditional, severe English style.”
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Without pity or compassion
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Causing distress, dread or alarm
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Making strict requirements
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Suggestive of being angry or in a foul mood
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Causing distress or discomfort
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Feeling, or causing, (typically slight or stinging) pain
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Of or pertaining to the Puritans, or to their doctrines and practice
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Very shocking or upsetting
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Using or given to extortion
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Flowing heavily or in large quantities
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Pertaining to an accusation
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Not friendly
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Extreme or severe
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To a total, utter or complete degree
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Of low social, administrative, or political rank
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Not excessively bright, flashy or showy
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Used as an intensifier
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Free from indecency or obscenity
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Resembling a squawk
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Accurate and careful about minor details
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Incapable of being repaired, amended, cured or rectified
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Squeezed or confined
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Direct and without attempting to disguise unpleasantness
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Having a pleasantly sharp taste or appetizing flavour
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