severity

[suh-ver-i-tee]
noun, plural severities.
1.
harshness, sternness, or rigor: Their lives were marked by severity.
2.
austere simplicity, as of style, manner, or taste: The severity of the decor was striking.
3.
intensity or sharpness, as of cold or pain.
4.
grievousness; hard or trying character or effect: The severity of his loss was finally becoming apparent.
5.
rigid exactness or accuracy.
6.
an instance of strict or severe behavior, punishment, etc.

Origin:
1475–85; < Latin sevēritās, equivalent to sevēr(us) severe + -itās -ity

nonseverity, noun, plural nonseverities.
overseverity, noun
superseverity, noun
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severe (sɪˈvɪə)
 
adj
1.  rigorous or harsh in the treatment of others; strict: a severe parent
2.  serious in appearance or manner; stern
3.  critical or dangerous: a severe illness
4.  causing misery or discomfort by its harshness: severe weather
5.  strictly restrained in appearance; austere: a severe way of dressing
6.  hard to endure, perform, or accomplish: a severe test
7.  rigidly precise or exact
 
[C16: from Latin sevērus]
 
se'verely
 
adv
 
se'vereness
 
n
 
severity
 
n

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severity
late 15c., "austerity or strictness of life," from M.Fr. severite, from L. severitas, from severus "stern, strict, serious," possibly from *se vero "without kindness," from se "without" (see secret) + *vero "kindness," neuter ablative of verus "true" (see
very). Meaning "strictness in dealing with others" is recorded from 1520s.
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Example sentences
But the severity of cellulite has long been in the eye of the beholder.
The first versions may simply reduce the severity of infections.
Reactor design, wind patterns, communication and other factors can cause
  differences in the severity of nuclear accidents.
The severity of that earthquake depends on how far and how widely each plate
  slips.
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