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Definition of 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.
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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