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Spanish translation of “severe”


adjective /səˈviə/
(of something unpleasant) serious; extreme severe shortages of food a severe illness Our team suffered a severe defeat. strict or harsh a severe mother severe criticism. (of style in dress etc) very plain a severe hairstyle. severely adverb
severity /-ˈve-/ noun the severity of the punishment the severity of her dress.
(Definition of severe from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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