Severe - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |sɪˈvɪr|  American pronunciation of the word severe
Brit.  |sɪˈvɪə|  British pronunciation of the word severe


- intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality(syn: terrible, wicked)
- very strong or vigorous(syn: hard, knockout)
- severely simple (syn: austere, stark, stern)
- unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment(syn: spartan)
- causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm(syn: dangerous, grave, grievous, life-threatening, serious)
- very bad in degree or extent


The storm caused severe damage to the roof.

The patient is in severe pain.

In the most severe cases, the disease can lead to blindness.

He suffered a severe head injury.

He faces severe penalties for his actions.

The war was a severe test of his leadership.

a parent severe to the pitch of hostility

a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien

A severe storm warning has been issued.

The company was given a severe penalty for the violation.

The punishments that the government has inflicted on the protesters are severe and unjust.

She has been undergoing treatment for severe depression.

He suffered severe emotional distress as a result of the accident.

...the adverse effects of the drug are too severe to allow it to be marketed...

She suffered a severe concussion after falling on the ice.

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