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English definition of “severity”

severity

noun [U]  /səˈver·ɪ·t̬i/ us  
the quality of being very unkind or unpleasant: The severity of her comments surprised everyone.
the quality of being extremely painful, difficult, etc.: You can’t imagine the severity of the heat here during the summer.
(Definition of severity from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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