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Synonyms for severe

rigorous and unsparing in treating others

cold and forbidding

causing sharp, often prolonged discomfort

conveying great physical force

having great consequence or weight

causing or marked by danger or pain, for example

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intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality

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very strong or vigorous

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severely simple

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unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment

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causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

very bad in degree or extent

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He looked at the countess, and seeing her severe face said: "Well, good-by, Countess," and kissing her hand, he left the room with quick resolute strides, without looking at Natasha.
Another boy of that time had by this time become foreman in the office, and he was very severe with us about the proofs, and sent us hurting messages on the margin.
The elder De Candolle and Lyell have largely and philosophically shown that all organic beings are exposed to severe competition.
is an extraordinarily severe mortality from epidemics with man.
In almost every severe earthquake, the neighbouring waters of the sea are said to have been greatly agitated.
I was wrong to forget myself and you, as I did; but let me implore you to forget and forgive my rash presumption, and think of me as if those words had never been spoken; for, believe me, I regret them deeply, and the loss of your esteem is too severe a penalty: I cannot bear it.
With all this my good reader will doubtless agree; but much of it will probably seem too severe, when applied to the slanderer of books.
Again, though there may be some faults justly assigned in the work, yet, if those are not in the most essential parts, or if they are compensated by greater beauties, it will savour rather of the malice of a slanderer than of the judgment of a true critic to pass a severe sentence upon the whole, merely on account of some vicious part.
The Lady Bareacres then came under Becky's cognizance--to whom the Colonel's lady made also a most respectful obeisance: it was returned with severe dignity by the exalted person in question.
Hearing her husband's steps, she stopped, looking towards the door, and trying assiduously to give her features a severe and contemptuous expression.
But her face, to which she tried to give a severe and resolute expression, betrayed bewilderment and suffering.
But I have one want which I have never yet been able to satisfy, and the absence of the object of which I now feel as a most severe evil, I have no friend, Margaret: when I am glowing with the enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy; if I am assailed by disappointment, no one will endeavour to sustain me in dejection.
The winter has been dreadfully severe, but the spring promises well, and it is considered as a remarkably early season, so that perhaps I may sail sooner than I expected.
When at last she learned from Tom that Maggie had come home, and gathered from him what was her explanation of her absence, she burst forth in severe reproof of Tom for admitting the worst of his sister until he was compelled.
Again she had a scene of remonstrance with Tom, all the more severe in proportion to the greater strength of her present position.
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