Severity

Definition of Severity

Se`ver´i`ty
n.1.The quality or state of being severe.
2.Gravity or austerity; extreme strictness; rigor; harshness; as, the severity of a reprimand or a reproof; severity of discipline or government; severity of penalties.
3.The quality or power of distressing or paining; extreme degree; extremity; intensity; inclemency; as, the severity of pain or anguish; the severity of cold or heat; the severity of the winter.
4.Harshness; cruel treatment; sharpness of punishment; as, severity practiced on prisoners of war.
5.Exactness; rigorousness; strictness; as, the severity of a test.
Confining myself to the severity of truth.
- Dryden.

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