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Definition 1: excessive sternness - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • severity of character
  • the harshness of his punishment was inhuman
  • the rigors of boot camp

Synonyms for severity in the sense of this definition

(severity is a kind of ...) uncompromising resolution

Definition 2: used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for severity in the sense of this definition

(severity is a kind of ...) high level or degree; the property of being intense

(... is a kind of severity ) (of weather) the badness of the weather

"they were wearied with the foulness of the weather"

(... is a kind of severity ) the quality of arousing fear or distress

"he learned the seriousness of his illness"

Definition 3: something hard to endure - [noun denoting attribute]

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

  • the asperity of northern winters

Synonyms for severity in the sense of this definition

(severity is a kind of ...) the quality of being difficult

"they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"

(... is a kind of severity ) the quality (as of scenery) being grim and gloomy and forbidding

"the sternness of his surroundings made him uncomfortable"

Definition 4: extreme plainness - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for severity in the sense of this definition

(severity is a kind of ...) the appearance of being plain and unpretentious

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