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Definition 1: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where severe or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for severe in the sense of this definition

(severe is similar to ...) being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency

"a critical shortage of food" "a critical illness" "an illness at the critical stage"

Definition 2: intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where severe or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • severe pain
  • a severe case of flu
  • a terrible cough
  • under wicked fire from the enemy's guns
  • a wicked cough

Synonyms for severe in the sense of this definition

(severe is similar to ...) possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

"intense heat" "intense anxiety" "intense desire" "intense emotion" "the skunk's intense acrid odor" "intense pain" "enemy fire was intense"

Definition 3: severely simple - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where severe or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a stark interior

Synonyms for severe in the sense of this definition

(severe is similar to ...) not elaborate or elaborated; simple

"plain food" "stuck to the plain facts" "a plain blue suit" "a plain rectangular brick building"

Definition 4: very strong or vigorous - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where severe or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • strong winds
  • a hard left to the chin
  • a knockout punch
  • a severe blow

Synonyms for severe in the sense of this definition

(severe is similar to ...) having strength or power greater than average or expected

"a strong radio signal" "strong medicine" "a strong man"

Definition 5: very bad in degree or extent - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where severe or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a severe worldwide depression
  • the house suffered severe damage

(severe is similar to ...) having undesirable or negative qualities

"a bad report card" "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression" "a bad little boy" "clothes in bad shape" "a bad cut" "bad luck" "the news was very bad" "the reviews were bad" "the pay is bad" "it was a bad light for reading" "the movie was a bad choice"

Definition 6: unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where severe or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a parent severe to the pitch of hostility
  • a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien
  • a strict disciplinarian
  • a Spartan upbringing

Synonyms for severe in the sense of this definition

(severe is similar to ...) characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint

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