Etymology
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severely (adv.)

1540s, from severe + -ly (2). Colloquial sense of "excessively" attested by 1854.

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Definitions of severely

severely (adv.)
to a severe or serious degree;
a severely impaired heart
Synonyms: badly / gravely / seriously
severely (adv.)
with sternness; in a severe manner;
peered severely over her glasses
Synonyms: sternly
severely (adv.)
causing great damage or hardship;
she was severely affected by the bank's failure
Synonyms: hard
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