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Meaning of “severe” - Learner’s Dictionary

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.
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