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Dictionary definition for: Severe

1. (s) intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality; "severe pain" "a severe case of flu" "a terrible cough" "under wicked fire from the enemy''s guns" "a wicked cough"

2. (s) very strong or vigorous; "strong winds" "a hard left to the chin" "a knockout punch" "a severe blow"

3. (s) severely simple; "a stark interior"

4. (s) unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment; "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"

5. (s) causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "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"

6. (s) very bad in degree or extent; "a severe worldwide depression" "the house suffered severe damage"

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