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Adjective
Difficult to endure
“I grew up in poor and severe conditions, determined to make something of myself.”
Adjective
Significant in degree of importance or seriousness, typically requiring immediate action or attention
“Due to a downturn in sales, the company's finances this quarter appear to be fairly severe.”
Adjective
Demanding great ability, skill, or resilience
“You are putting a rather severe task upon him to go through files of papers dating back decades.”
Adjective
Harsh, usually to a disproportionate degree
“The commission will be placing severe restrictions on the rights of broadcasters to offer online services.”
Adjective
Strict or harsh in the treatment of others
“She subjected her son to a severe tongue-lashing for his misdemeanor.”
Adjective
Harsh and threatening in manner or appearance
“Clegane was a tall and powerful man who regularly wore a severe expression on his face.”
Adjective
(of a pain or discomfort) Causing discomfort by its harshness
“The constant nagging and complaining would give me a severe headache.”
Adjective
(of the elements) Causing discomfort by its harshness
“The little town had to be rebuilt following the devastation caused by the severe flood.”
Adjective
(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.”
Adjective
Very plain in style or appearance
“He typically wears impeccably tailored suits in the traditional, severe English style.”
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