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severity

[suh-ver-i-tee] /səˈvɛr ɪ ti/
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
1475-1485
1475-85; < Latin sevēritās, equivalent to sevēr(us) severe + -itās -ity
Related forms
nonseverity, noun, plural nonseverities.
overseverity, noun
superseverity, noun
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Word Origin and History for superseverity
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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