severe
1. [ adjective ] intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality
Synonyms: wicked terrible
Examples:

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

Related terms: intense
2. [ adjective ] very strong or vigorous
Synonyms: hard knockout
Examples:

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

Related terms: strong
3. [ adjective ] severely simple
Synonyms: austere stark
Examples:

"a stark interior"

Related terms: plain
4. [ adjective ] causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
Synonyms: serious grave grievous dangerous
Examples:

"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"

Related terms: critical
5. [ adjective ] unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment
Synonyms: strict spartan
Examples:

"a parent severe to the pitch of hostility"- H.G.Wells "a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien" "a strict disciplinarian" "a Spartan upbringing"

Related terms: nonindulgent
6. [ adjective ] causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
Synonyms: serious grave dangerous grievous life-threatening
Examples:

"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"

Related terms: critical
7. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 17999
8. [ adjective ] very bad in degree or extent
Examples:

"a severe worldwide depression" "the house suffered severe damage"

Related terms: bad
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