Meaning of “severity” in the English Dictionary

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

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severitynoun [ U ]

us /səˈver·ɪ·t̬i/

the quality of being very unkind or unpleasant:

The severity of her comments surprised everyone.

the quality of being extremely painful, 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)