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Definition of Severe

Severe

  1. Serious in feeeling 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.
  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.
  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.

Severe Quotations

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of facts within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity.
Calvin Coolidge

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.
Niccolo Machiavelli

I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
Henry David Thoreau

Of all the American educational system's problems, none is more severe than the academic year beginning before Labor Day.
P. J. O'Rourke

The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.
Milton Friedman
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Severe Translations

severe in Dutch is streng, duchtig, hard, bar, straf
severe in Finnish is ankara
severe in German is streng, ernst, strengen
severe in Italian is severo
severe in Latin is acer, asper
severe in Portuguese is severo
severe in Spanish is severo