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Meaning & Definition of Severity in English

English

Severity

/sɪvɛrɪti/

noun

1. Used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather

    synonym:
  • badness
  • ,
  • severity
  • ,
  • severeness

2. Something hard to endure

  • "The asperity of northern winters"
    synonym:
  • asperity
  • ,
  • grimness
  • ,
  • hardship
  • ,
  • rigor
  • ,
  • rigour
  • ,
  • severity
  • ,
  • severeness
  • ,
  • rigorousness
  • ,
  • rigourousness

3. Extreme plainness

    synonym:
  • austereness
  • ,
  • severity
  • ,
  • severeness

4. Excessive sternness

  • "Severity of character"
  • "The harshness of his punishment was inhuman"
  • "The rigors of boot camp"
    synonym:
  • severity
  • ,
  • severeness
  • ,
  • harshness
  • ,
  • rigor
  • ,
  • rigour
  • ,
  • rigorousness
  • ,
  • rigourousness
  • ,
  • inclemency
  • ,
  • hardness
  • ,
  • stiffness