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English definition of “severity”

severity

noun [U] uk   /sɪˈver.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ə.t̬i/

severity noun [U] (SERIOUS)

C2 seriousness: Even the doctors were shocked by the severity of his injuries. I don't think you quite understand the severity of our financial problems.

severity noun [U] (NOT KIND)

the quality of being very unkind or unpleasant: He spoke with great severity. The severity of the punishment should match the seriousness of the crime.

severity noun [U] (PLAIN)

plainness
(Definition of severity from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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