Meaning of “severe” - Learner’s Dictionary

severe

adjective uk us /sɪˈvɪər/
BAD
NOT KIND

not kind or gentle:

a severe punishment
PERSON

B2 A severe person looks unfriendly or very strict.

severely adverb

B2

to be severely injured
She has been severely criticized for the speech.

(Definition of “severe” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)