- Very bad or intense.
- 2012 January 1, Donald Worster, “A Drier and Hotter Future”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 70:
- Phoenix and Lubbock are both caught in severe drought, and it is going to get much worse. We may see many such [dust] storms in the decades ahead, along with species extinctions, radical disturbance of ecosystems, and intensified social conflict over land and water. Welcome to the Anthropocene, the epoch when humans have become a major geological and climatic force.
- Strict or harsh.
- a severe taskmaster
- Sober, plain in appearance, austere.
- a severe old maiden aunt
very bad or intense
strict or harsh
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Translations to be checked
- severe in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- severe in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- severe at OneLook Dictionary Search