Definition of severe
- a severe critic
- a severe logician
- a severe dress
- severe winters
- a severe wound
- a severe test
- severe depression
The storm caused severe damage to the roof.
The patient is in severe pain.
children with severe learning disabilities
In the most severe cases, the disease can lead to blindness.
He suffered a severe head injury.
He faces severe penalties for his actions.
The war was a severe test of his leadership.
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First Known Use: 1548See Words from the same year
: very bad, serious, or unpleasant
: causing a lot of physical pain or suffering
: very harsh
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