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English definition of “severe”

severe

adjective (PLAIN)    /sɪˈvɪər/ US  /-ˈvɪr/ often disapproving
completely plain and without decoration : She wore a severe black dress , and plain black shoes . I don't like these severe modern buildings .Plain and ordinaryTedious and uninspiring
(Definition of severe adjective (PLAIN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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