Translation of severe in Spanish:

severe

Pronunciation: /səˈvɪr; sɪˈvɪə(r)/

adj (severer, severest)

  • 1 1.1 (strict, harsh) [punishment/judge] severo; [discipline] riguroso, estricto don't be too severe on him no seas muy severo or duro con él they were given a severe warning se les hizo una seria or severa advertencia
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    • Certainly, there should be stricter laws and more severe punishments for breaking them, if we want to live in a violence-free society.
    • It was a strict regime and punishments were severe.
    • We bore harsh criticism for our efforts and some of us suffered severe punishment.
    1.2 (austere) [style/colors] austero
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    • A girl in a rather severe suit wanted to see his driver's licence as proof of identity.
    • He wears impeccably tailored suits in the traditional, severe Soviet style.
    • As always, his attiring room looked windswept and severe: a plain chest, a narrow mirror, a low divan spread with furs.
  • 2 2.1 (serious, bad) [illness/injury] grave; [pain] fuerte, grande; [problem] serio, grave; [winter] severo, duro; [weather] inclemente severe loss of blood gran pérdida de sangre the building is in severe danger of collapse el edificio corre serio riesgo de derrumbarse there is a severe food shortage hay una gran or seria escasez de alimentos 2.2 (difficult, rigorous) [test] duro, difícil; [conditions] estricto, riguroso
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    • Jose Mourinho's managerial skills would face a severe test.
    • The matches, all played in front of crowds in the impressive Hong Kong stadium, combine fast-handling rugby with severe tests of stamina.
    • And Jewell knows he is now facing up to a severe test of his managerial skills as Wigan aim to set off on a winning run.
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    • Mrs Al-Munchi is believed to have suffered a severe asthma attack earlier in the day.
    • Henry Bartlam was only six weeks old when he suffered a severe asthma attack which nearly killed him.
    • A girl died from a severe asthma attack that may have been triggered by bullying, an inquest heard.

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