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severe

se·vere

severe

 
 
pronunciation:
s vir
part of speech: adjective
inflections: severer, severest
definition 1: very strict; harsh.
The prison had severe rules.
synonyms:
harsh, stern, strict
antonyms:
easy, gentle, lenient
similar words:
critical, demanding, exacting, hard, rigid, stiff
definition 2: very strong or intense.
A broken bone can cause severe pain.The news reporter warned us of severe weather.
 
synonyms:
acute, harsh, violent
antonyms:
mild, minor
similar words:
bad, dire, extreme, raging, strong, terrible, wild
definition 3: very difficult.
Climbing the mountain was a severe test of strength.
synonyms:
difficult, stiff, tough
antonyms:
easy
similar words:
demanding, dire, hard, harsh, rugged
derivations: severely (adv.), severeness (n.)