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severity

se·ver·i·ty

severity

 
pronunciation:
s ve rih ti
part of speech: noun
inflections: severities
definition 1: the quality or condition of being severe.
antonyms:
lenity
definition 2: strictness; harshness.
She was a cross woman and disciplined the children with severity.
definition 3: plainness; austerity.
definition 4: strength; intensity.
The severity of the illness often depends on the general health of the patient.