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  • n. The property of being severe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Severity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. excessive sternness
  • n. extreme plainness
  • n. something hard to endure
  • n. used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather

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Examples

  • Asked to elaborate on what he meant by "severeness," Garnett looked down at the interview table in front of him and drew an analogy, saying the bone spurs were expected to be the size of a tape recorder but ended up being more like a microphone.

    ESPN.com

  • "And mind," he added, hiding the pang under a general-like severeness, "I won't have any one in the expedition who has anything in his shoes except his feet."

    The Wouldbegoods

  • The faint freckling across her nose, the slim and virginal severeness of her figure, with its narrow hips and arms, the curve of her long neck-all were added charms.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works

  • 'And mind,' he added, hiding the pang under a general-like severeness, 'I won't have anyone in the expedition who has anything in his shoes except his feet.'

    The Wouldbegoods

  • His close, dry way, too, of saying things savours of harshness, and differs widely from the Greek severeness of manner observable in Tacitus.

    Tacitus and Bracciolini The Annals Forged in the XVth Century

  • Here Laura's face assumed that gravity and severeness, which it always wore when Lady Clara's name was mentioned, and the conversation took another turn.

    The Newcomes

  • During all these mortifications and the severeness of his industry, he appears to have become a prey to extraordinary visions and imaginations.

    Lives of the Necromancers

  • The kind of the wounds and the severeness of the contusions they had had, proves that it has been a planned murdering attack against anyone who fights for their rights, for public and free education.

    WN.com - Business News

  • The severeness of the penalty, he argued, was out of proportion to the mildness of the offence.

    canada.com Top Stories

  • That is just me though, and many people say we are affected in various ways and severeness.

    Wrong Planet Asperger / Autism Forums

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