Synonyms of severe in English:



  • 2 severe storms
    fierce, violent, strong, powerful, intense; tempestuous, turbulent
    severe storms
    [Antonyms] gentle
  • 3 a severe winter
    harsh, bitter, cold, bleak, freezing, icy, arctic, extreme
    informal brutal
    a severe winter
    [Antonyms] mild
  • 4 a severe headache
    excruciating, agonizing, intense, dreadful, awful, terrible, unbearable, intolerable
    informal splitting, pounding, screaming
    a severe headache
    [Antonyms] slight

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severe, ascetic, austere, stern, strict, unmitigated
A storm, a hairdo, and a punishment may all be described as severe, which means harsh or uncompromising, without a hint of softness, mildness, levity, or indulgence. Austere, on the other hand, primarily applies to people, their habits, their way of life, and the environments they create; it implies coldness, stark simplicity, and restraint ( an austere room with only a table and chair ). Ascetic implies extreme self-denial and self-discipline, in some cases to the point of choosing what is painful or disagreeable ( he had an ascetic approach to life and rejected all creature comforts ). Strict literally means bound or stretched tight; in extended use, it means strenuously exact ( a strict curfew; strict obedience ). Stern combines harshness and authority with strictness or severity ( a stern judge ). Unmitigated means unmodified and unsoftened in any way ( a streak of unmitigated bad luck ).

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