un severest

severe

[suh-veer]
adjective, severer, severest.
1.
harsh; unnecessarily extreme: severe criticism; severe laws.
2.
serious or stern in manner or appearance: a severe face.
3.
grave; critical: a severe illness.
4.
rigidly restrained in style, taste, manner, etc.; simple, plain, or austere.
5.
causing discomfort or distress by extreme character or conditions, as weather, cold, or heat; unpleasantly violent, as rain or wind, or a blow or shock.
6.
difficult to endure, perform, fulfill, etc.: a severe test of his powers.
7.
rigidly exact, accurate, or methodical: severe standards.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin sevērus, or back formation from severity

severely, adverb
severeness, noun
oversevere, adjective
overseverely, adverb
oversevereness, noun
supersevere, adjective
superseverely, adverb
supersevereness, noun
unsevere, adjective
unseverely, adverb
unsevereness, noun


2. strict, hard. See stern1. 4. unadorned. 7. demanding, exacting.


1. lenient. 2. gentle.
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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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severe
1540s, from Fr. sévère, from L. severus (see severity).
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