severity Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “severity” in the English Dictionary

"severity" in British English

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severitynoun [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 ​quiteunderstand the severity ofourfinancialproblems.

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)

(Definition of severity from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"severity" in American English

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severitynoun [U]

 us   /səˈver·ɪ·t̬i/
the ​quality of being very ​unkind or ​unpleasant: The severity of her ​commentssurprised everyone.
the ​quality of being ​extremelypainful, ​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)
Translations of “severity”
in Arabic صرامة, قَسوة…
in Korean 혹독, 심각…
in Portuguese gravidade, rigor…
in Catalan severitat, gravetat, rigor…
in Japanese 厳格さ, ひどさ, 重症度…
in Chinese (Simplified) 严重的, 严重…
in Turkish ciddiyet, sertlik…
in Russian серьезность, строгость…
in Chinese (Traditional) 嚴重的, 嚴重…
in Italian severità…
in Polish surowość…
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