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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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