adjective (severer, severest)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Mid 16th century (sense 2): from French sévère or Latin severus.
This comes from Latin severus ‘strict harsh’ the earliest sense of the word in English. The sense ‘sober, austerely plain’ (severe dress) dates from the mid 17th century; the first example of severe weather dates from the late 17th century.
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