Webster 1913 Edition
severitas: cf. F.
The quality or state of being severe.Specifically: –
Gravity or austerity; extreme strictness; rigor; harshness;“Strict age, and sour severity.”
severityof a reprimand or a reproof;
severityof discipline or government;
The quality or power of distressing or paining; extreme degree; extremity; intensity; inclemency;
severityof pain or anguish; the
severityof cold or heat; the
severityof the winter
Harshness; cruel treatment; sharpness of punishment;
severitypracticed on prisoners of war
Exactness; rigorousness; strictness;
severityof a test
Confining myself to the
Webster 1828 Edition
1. Harshness; rigor; austerity; want of mildness or indulgence; as the severity of a reprimand or reproof.
2. Rigor; extreme strictness; as the severity of discipline or government.
3. Excessive figor; extreme degree or amount. Severity of penalties or punishments often defeats the object by exciting pity.
4. Extremity; quality or power of distressing; as the severity of pain or anguish.
5. Extreme degree; as the severity of cold or heat.
6. Extreme coldness or inclemency; as the severity of the winter.
7. Harshness; cruel treatment; sharpness of punishment; as severity practiced on prisoners of war.
8. Exactness; rigor; niceness; as the severity of a test.
9. Strictness; rigid accuracy.
Confining myself to the severity of truth. Dryden.
severity (plural severities)
- The state of being severe.
- The degree of something undesirable; badness or seriousness.
- The severity of the offence merits a long prison sentence.
state of being severe
degree of something undesirable; badness