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Meaning & Definition of Severe in English





1. Intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality

  • "Severe pain"
  • "A severe case of flu"
  • "A terrible cough"
  • "Under wicked fire from the enemy's guns"
  • "A wicked cough"
  • severe,
  • terrible,
  • wicked

2. Very strong or vigorous

  • "Strong winds"
  • "A hard left to the chin"
  • "A knockout punch"
  • "A severe blow"
  • hard,
  • knockout,
  • severe

3. Severely simple

  • "A stark interior"
  • austere,
  • severe,
  • stark,
  • stern

4. Unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

  • "A parent severe to the pitch of hostility"- h.g.wells
  • "A hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien"
  • "A strict disciplinarian"
  • "A spartan upbringing"
  • severe,
  • spartan

5. Causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

  • "A dangerous operation"
  • "A grave situation"
  • "A grave illness"
  • "Grievous bodily harm"
  • "A serious wound"
  • "A serious turn of events"
  • "A severe case of pneumonia"
  • "A life-threatening disease"
  • dangerous,
  • grave,
  • grievous,
  • serious,
  • severe,
  • life-threatening

6. Very bad in degree or extent

  • "A severe worldwide depression"
  • "The house suffered severe damage"
  • severe

Examples of using

That's a severe disease.
Mary suffered from severe postnatal depression after the birth of her first child.
As soon as she hugged him, he felt a severe pain.