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severity (n.)

late 15c., "austerity or strictness of life," from French severite, from Latin severitas "seriousness, strictness, sternness," from severus "stern, strict, serious," of uncertain origin, probably from PIE root *segh- "to have, hold," on the notion of "steadfastness, toughness." Meaning "strictness in dealing with others" is recorded from 1520s.

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Definitions of severity from WordNet

severity (n.)
used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather;
Synonyms: badness / severeness
severity (n.)
something hard to endure;
Synonyms: asperity / grimness / hardship / rigor / rigour / severeness / rigorousness / rigourousness
severity (n.)
extreme plainness;
Synonyms: austereness / severeness
severity (n.)
excessive sternness;
severity of character
Synonyms: severeness / harshness / rigor / rigour / rigorousness / rigourousness / inclemency / hardness / stiffness
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