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severe

adjective  us   /səˈvɪr/

severe adjective (VERY SERIOUS)

causing great pain, difficulty, damage, etc.; very serious: a severe earthquake The family faced severe challenges when he lost his job.

severe adjective (NOT KIND)

not kind or sympathetic; harsh : severe criticism
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