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Meaning of SEVERITY

Pronunciation:  si'veritee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
  2. [n]  something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern winters"
  3. [n]  used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
 

SEVERITY is a 8 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: asperity, badness, grimness, hardness, hardship, harshness, inclemency, rigor, rigorousness, rigour, stiffness
 
 See Also: difficultness, difficulty, distressfulness, intensity, intensiveness, seriousness, sternness, strictness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Se*ver"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Severities}. [L. severitas: cf.
F. s['e]v['e]rit['e].]
The quality or state of being severe. Specifically:
(a) Gravity or austerity; extreme strictness; rigor;
    harshness; as, the severity of a reprimand or a reproof;
    severity of discipline or government; severity of
    penalties. ``Strict age, and sour severity.'' --Milton.
(b) The quality or power of distressing or paining; extreme
    degree; extremity; intensity; inclemency; as, the
    severity of pain or anguish; the severity of cold or
    heat; the severity of the winter.
(c) Harshness; cruel treatment; sharpness of punishment; as,
    severity practiced on prisoners of war.
(d) Exactness; rigorousness; strictness; as, the severity of
    a test.

          Confining myself to the severity of truth.
                                               --Dryden.

 

 

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