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English adjective: severe

1. severe intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality


SamplesSevere pain.
A severe case of flu.
A terrible cough.
Under wicked fire from the enemy's guns.
A wicked cough.


Synonymsterrible, wicked


Similarintense


Antonymsmild

2. severe very strong or vigorous


SamplesStrong winds.
A hard left to the chin.
A knockout punch.
A severe blow.


Synonymshard, knockout


Similarstrong


Antonymsweak

3. severe severely simple


SamplesA stark interior.


Synonymsaustere, stark, stern


Similarplain


Antonymsfancy

4. severe unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment


SamplesA parent severe to the pitch of hostility.
A hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien.
A strict disciplinarian.
A Spartan upbringing.


Synonymsspartan


Similarnonindulgent, strict


Antonymsindulgent

5. severe causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm


SamplesA 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.


Synonymsdangerous, grave, grievous, life-threatening, serious


Similarcritical


Antonymsnoncritical, noncrucial

6. severe very bad in degree or extent


SamplesA severe worldwide depression.
The house suffered severe damage.


Similarbad


Antonymsgood









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