Synonyms and Antonyms of severe
- a severe, uncompromising teacher who closed the classroom door precisely when the bell rang and let no one in afterward
adamant, callous, hardened, hard-hearted, hard-line, immovable, implacable, inflexible, merciless, pitiless, relentless, rock-ribbed, stiff, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unsparing, unyielding
- clergymen who dressed in severe clothing
fixed, hard, hardened, hardheaded, immovable, implacable, inflexible, ironhanded, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, rigid, self-willed, set, stiff, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding, willful (or wilful)
- The judge maintained a severe expression throughout the trial.
- a severe winter that was among the coldest on record
- a severe test of courage
abstract, abstruse, complex, complicated, elusive, hairy, insoluble, intricate, involved, knotty, opaque, problematic (also problematical), recondite, serious, spiny, stubborn, thorny, ticklish, tricky
Synonym Discussion of severe
- severe military discipline
- stern arbiters of public morality
- living an austere life in the country
- the ascetic life of the monks
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