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English definition of “severe”

severe

adjective     /sɪˈvɪər/
BAD B2 extremely bad: a severe headache severe weather conditionsSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad
NOT KIND not kind or gentle: a severe punishmentSevereUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse
PERSON B2 A severe person looks unfriendly or very strict.Severe
severely adverb B2 to be severely injured She has been severely criticized for the speech.
(Definition of severe adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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