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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

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
Benjamin Franklin

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

Mild autism can give you a genius like Einstein. If you have severe autism, you could remain nonverbal. You don't want people to be on the severe end of the spectrum. But if you got rid of all the autism genetics, you wouldn't have science or art. All you would have is a bunch of social 'yak yaks.'
Temple Grandin

He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad.
Voltaire
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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

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