Severity - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |sɪˈverəti|  American pronunciation of the word severity
Brit.  |sɪˈvɛrɪti|  British pronunciation of the word severity


- used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather (syn: badness, severeness)
- something hard to endure (syn: asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigorousness, rigour, rigourousness, severeness)
- extreme plainness (syn: austereness, severeness)
- excessive sternness(syn: hardness, harshness, inclemency, rigor, rigorousness, rigour, rigourousness, severeness, stiffness)

severity of character


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.

Medication helps lessen the severity of the symptoms.

The problem is accentuated by the severity of economic situation in Africa.

She seemed somewhat to relax her tone of severity.

His mother had always been his standby against the severity of his father.

progressing in severity as though a cascade of genetic damage was occurring

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