Arising in the middle of a severe economic crisis, a series of scandals involving the monarchy have angered the Spaniards.
A straight-faced clown in severe white makeup begins picking out a tune on an accordion as more people trickle in to watch.
The BP disaster will have severe economic consequences for everyone whose livelihood depends on those oil-soaked Gulf waters.
severe violence at demonstration against foreigners (migrants) in Tel-Aviv.
After they finished eating, dozens began complaining of severe pain in their stomachs.
We have been informed that the disaster had been most severe.
If he should catch any children in his field, he would be sure to give them a severe scolding.
He was in a perfect storm of passion, and threatened every one of the servants with severe punishment, to extort confession.
Though the native had acted wrongly, death was too severe a punishment for his fault.
He was so softened, so penitent and earnest, that even the severe Mrs. Royden was inclined to forgive him.
1540s, from Middle French severe (12c., Modern French sévère) or directly from Latin severus "serious, grave, strict, austere" (see severity). From 1660s with reference to styles or tastes; from 1725 of diseases.