The fact or condition of being severe: sentences should reflect the severity of the crime hay fever symptoms vary in severity she stared at me with mock severity
More example sentences
- After two or three days of illness, pains of extraordinary severity develop.
- Other measures will have to be used depending on the severity and type of problem.
- Magistrates told Lawrence that the severity of the offences could warrant a custodial term.
harshness, strictness, hardness, sternness, toughness, rigorousness, rigour, stringency, inflexibility, relentlessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness;
sternness, dourness, grimness, sombreness, unfriendliness, graveness, gravity, soberness, seriousness, austereness, austerity, stiffness, flintiness, stoniness, steeliness;
plainness, simplicity, restraint, lack of adornment, lack of decoration, lack of ornament, lack of embellishment, austerity, spareness, starkness;