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Definition of Severity

Severity

  1. The quality or state of being severe.
  2. Gravity or austerity; extreme strictness; rigor; harshness; as, the severity of a reprimand or a reproof; severity of discipline or government; severity of penalties.
  3. The quality or power of distressing or paining; extreme degree; extremity; intensity; inclemency; as, the severity of pain or anguish; the severity of cold or heat; the severity of the winter.
  4. Harshness; cruel treatment; sharpness of punishment; as, severity practiced on prisoners of war.
  5. Exactness; rigorousness; strictness; as, the severity of a test.

Severity Quotations

I demand that my books be judged with utmost severity, by knowledgeable people who know the rules of grammar and of logic, and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.
Louis Aragon

Scientists have been warning about global warming for decades. It's too late to stop it now, but we can lessen its severity and impacts.
David Suzuki

Forgiveness is not a feeling - it's a decision we make because we want to do what's right before God. It's a quality decision that won't be easy and it may take time to get through the process, depending on the severity of the offense.
Joyce Meyer

For a pandemic of moderate severity, this is one of our greatest challenges: helping people to understand when they do not need to worry, and when they do need to seek urgent care.
Margaret Chan

When death comes it is never our tenderness that we repent from, but our severity.
George Eliot
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Severity Translations

severity in French is rigueur
severity in German is Schwierigkeit, Schwierigkeitsgrad
severity in Latin is severitas
severity in Spanish is severidad
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