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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 se·vere /səˈvɪr/

From: Network Terminology

 嚴苛 嚴重

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Se·vere a. [Compar. Severer superl. Severest.]
 1. Serious in feeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or cheerful.
 Your looks alter, as your subject does,
 From kind to fierce, from wanton to severe.   --Waller.
 2. Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism; severe punishment. “Custody severe.”
    Come! you are too severe a moraler.   --Shak.
    Let your zeal, if it must be expressed in anger, be always more severe against thyself than against others.   --Jer. Taylor.
 3. Rigidly methodical, or adherent to rule or principle; exactly conformed to a standard; not allowing or employing unneccessary ornament, amplification, etc.; strict; -- said of style, argument, etc. “Restrained by reason and severe principles.”
    The Latin, a most severe and compendious language.   --Dryden.
 4. Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold.
 5. Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a severe test.
 Syn: -- Strict; grave; austere; stern; morose; rigid; exact; rigorous; hard; rough; harsh; censorious; tart; acrimonious; sarcastic; satirical; cutting; biting; keen; bitter; cruel. See Strict.
 -- Se*vere*ly, adv. -- Se*vere*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or
             quality; "severe pain"; "a severe case of flu"; "a
             terrible cough"; "under wicked fire from the enemy's
             guns"; "a wicked cough" [syn: terrible, wicked]
      2: very strong or vigorous; "strong winds"; "a hard left to the
         chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow" [syn: hard, knockout]
      3: severely simple; "a stark interior" [syn: austere, stark]
      4: unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment; "a
         parent severe to the pitch of hostility"- H.G.Wells; "a
         hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien"; "a strict
         disciplinarian"; "a Spartan upbringing" [syn: spartan, strict]
      5: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a
         dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave
         illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a
         serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a
         life-threatening disease" [syn: dangerous, grave, grievous,
          serious, life-threatening]
      6: very bad in degree or extent; "a severe worldwide
         depression"; "the house suffered severe damage"