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English definition of “severity”

severity

noun [U] (NOT KIND)    /sɪˈver.ɪ.ti/ US  /-ə.t̬i/
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.SevereSerious and severeSevere
(Definition of severity noun (NOT KIND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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