Severe synonyms

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Steady and persistent; unremitting:
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Making severe or excessive demands; not easily satisfied; strict
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That cannot be changed; fixed; unalterable
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The definition of cruel is someone or something that deliberately causes pain or suffering.
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Being near the surface; short:
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Hardened against feeling; hardhearted:
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Sharp means having a point or edge that is good for cutting or a sudden change.
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Arrogant in asserting or attempting to assert one's will over others; overbearing.
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Having a severe or stern look, manner, etc.; forbidding
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Full of danger; likely to cause injury, pain, etc.; unsafe; perilous
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Precisely agreeing with a standard, a fact, or the truth; perfectly conforming; neither exceeding nor falling short in any respect.
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Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
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Too strong to the taste; bitter
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Hard; severe; unyielding; strict
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Unwilling to grant concessions or negotiate; inflexible:
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Rigid; stiff
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The definition of inexorable is a stubborn or inflexible person or a situation that cannot be changed.
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Of or pertaining to the act or sound of grinding.
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Final; conclusive; positive; incontrovertible. In a jury selection, each side is permitted a certain number of peremptory challenges for which no explanation is necessary. A peremptory trial date may be set so as to assure a speedy trial.
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The definition of resolute is being firm and unwavering in your convictions.
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(UK, slang) disgusting; gross
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The definition of earnest is intense and not playful, or important.
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Not fluid or loose; viscous; thick; dense; firm
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Unpleasant; disagreeable:
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The definition of resolved is something that is firm or determined.
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The definition of determined is someone with their mind made up about something.
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Stern
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Tense; not relaxed.
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The definition of inconsiderate is rude and without thought for others.
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Fixed (in opinion)
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That cannot be moved; firmly fixed; not capable of movement
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Stern
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The definition of adamant is someone who will never change his mind, or something that will never be changed.
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Characteristic of a tyrant or tyranny; despotic and oppressive:
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Serving to fix colors in dyeing.
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Constricted; tight:
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The definition of drastic is something radical or extreme.
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Having or showing no mercy; cruel; relentless; pitiless
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Not diminishing in intensity, pace, or effort:
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Bad; adverse:
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Rigidly precise; thoroughly accurate or exact
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Of or characteristic of ascetics or asceticism; self-denying; austere
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Not placable; that cannot be appeased or pacified; relentless; inexorable
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Having, or showing, no pity; merciless
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The definition of critical is something that is crucial, judged, analyzed, at a turning point or on the verge of a crisis.
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(Obs.) Dishonest or unfaithful
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Like a barbarian, especially in sound; noisy, dissonant.
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Tending to censure; critical.
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(Figuratively, of a person or behavi) Short-tempered and gruff but, sometimes, with a harmless or benign inner nature; peevish, surly, harsh.
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Harsh and throaty; hoarse
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Difficult to read; cramped:
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The definition of unmitigated is absolute, complete or not lessened.
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The definition of intractable is not easily controlled or hard to work.
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Stubborn is defined as being unwilling to change your opinion or stance, in spite of good reasons to.
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Of or pertaining to autocracy or to an autocrat; absolute; holding independent and arbitrary powers of government.
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Difficult or rigorous
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Difficult or rigorous
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Firm; rigid; unyielding
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Having the hide tight over the bone and muscle structure of the body, as an emaciated cow
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Capable or being adapted or molded; plastic,; as, a flexible language.
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Inclined to give way to pressure, argument, or influence; docile.
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(Especially of weather) pleasantly mild and warm
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Affording comfort or relief; soothing:
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The definition of easygoing is someone or something that is relaxed, tolerant and not prone to rigid rules or bouts of temper.
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The definition of indulgent is someone who is lenient or who gives into whims and desires.
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Not easy to endure; full of hardship or trouble; trying:
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Extremely sharp or severe; intense:
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That causes physical or mental pain
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The definition of arduous is a way of describing something that is extremely tiring and difficult.
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A substance or preparation, such as alum, that draws together or constricts body tissues, resulting in decreased flow of blood or other secretions.
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Very bad, unpleasant, offensive, inferior, etc.
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Injuring or capable of injuring the feelings; caustic:
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Designating or having a sharp, often unpleasant taste; acrid, as quinine or peach stones
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The definition of bleak is something that is gloomy, somber or exposed to wind and cold.
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​Savagely violent, vicious, ruthless, or cruel
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Designating or of the curved radial surface, or a plane curve in this surface, formed by the reflection or refraction of rays from a curved solid surface
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(Informal) Very bad, awful.
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Rough, especially to the touch:
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Dead:
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The definition of crucial is something that is essential or vitally important.
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Injuring or capable of injuring the feelings of others:
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Extreme or terrible:
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Requiring much effort or attention:
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Sternly obstinate; unyielding:
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Of sports, difficult or dangerous; performed in a hazardous environment.
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Glaringly bad; notorious; outrageous
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The definition of grave is something that is serious or taken seriously or doing something in a solemn or sedate manner.
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The definition of grievous is something very serious, grave or severe.
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Physically or mentally demanding to the point of exhaustion:
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Outrageously evil or wicked; abominable
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Of or characteristic of an enemy; warlike
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Lacking mercy or leniency; harsh
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(Figuratively) Solid or certain; not able to be disputed or questioned; irrefutable.
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To be lamented; grievous; deplorable; distressing
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In an organized manner; proceeding with regard to method; systematic.
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Given to making moral judgments, especially in a self-righteous or judgmental manner.
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Requiring effort or labor; difficult, laborious. [from 15th c.]
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Exact, as in performance, execution, or amount; accurate or correct:
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Of or pertaining to the Puritans, or to their doctrines and practice.
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Difficult to travel over or through:
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Searing; withering; harsh or caustic
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Serenely deliberate, composed, and dignified in character or manner.
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Important; weighty; not trifling; leaving no room for play; needing great attention; critical.
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Having or showing little sense or reasoning ability; easily misled or deceived; stupid or foolish
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Straightforward and serious; not exaggerated, emotional, or silly:
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Serious and dignified:
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Simple, frugal, or austere:
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Difficult or rigorous
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The definition of strenuous is something that takes a lot of effort, work or energy to do.
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Difficult to endure; severe; harsh:
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Without adornment or embellishment; simple or plain.
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The definition of unpleasant is something or someone that causes displeasure or discomfort.
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Showing strong feelings; passionate; forceful or intense.
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Intense or extreme, especially in emotion:
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Severity of manners or life; extreme rigor or strictness; harsh discipline.
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The quality of being harsh.
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Something that is inclement
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(Obsolete) Stiffness or rigidity.
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Something severe, as a punishment
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Acting, working, or done easily, or in a quick, smooth way; fluent; ready
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Having a soft, pleasant taste or flavor; not strong, sour, bitter, biting, or sharp
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Moderate in one's actions, speech, etc.; self-restrained
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(Of a person) Peaceful, quiet, especially free from anger and anxiety.
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Not harsh or severe; mild and soft:
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The definition of amenable is someone who is agreeable or willing to be persuaded.
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Generally warm, approachable and easy to relate with in character.
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Ready to do something that is not (can't be expected as) a matter of course.
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Alternative spelling of easygoing.
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The definition of stark is something harsh or barren in appearance.
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Hard to lift or move because of great weight; weighty
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Large and powerful
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(Chiefly Upper Southern US) Great:
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Of great consequence; serious or momentous:
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Demanding great exertion; arduous and exhausting.
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The definition of burdensome is something that is hard to deal with, or that places too great of expectations.
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Requiring or showing effort.
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Requiring more than is reasonable; demanding; exacting
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Difficult to undertake, surmount, or defeat:
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Marked by or requiring long, hard work:
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(Law) Entailing more liabilities than benefits or imposing significant obligations.
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Burdensome; wearing:
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The definition of trying is defined as an irritating person or thing.
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Cold and forbidding
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Unusually lucky:
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Causing sharp, often prolonged discomfort
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Of great significance; momentous:
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The definition of important is having great significance or consequence.
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Causing or marked by danger or pain, for example
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Used to describe something that endangers the continued life of the subject.
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Severe and distressing:
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Capable of knocking someone out:
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Alternative spelling of straight-laced.
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Of or like a despot; autocratic; tyrannical
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Difficult or rigorous
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The definition of plain is clearly understood, obvious, simple or not complicated.
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Synonym Study

  • Ascetic implies extreme self-denial and self-discipline or even, sometimes, the deliberate self-infliction of pain and discomfort, as by religious fanatics an ascetic hermit
  • Austere suggests harsh restraint, self-denial, stark simplicity the austere diet of wartime, or an absence of warmth, passion, ornamentation, etc. an austere bedroom
  • Stern implies an unyielding firmness, esp. as manifested in a grim or forbidding aspect or manner a stern guardian
  • Severe applies to a person or thing that is strict, uncompromising, or restrained and connotes a total absence of softness, laxity, frivolity, etc. a severe critic, hairdo, etc. and may often imply harshness severe punishment, a severe tornado
Find another word for severe. In this page you can discover 184 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for severe, like: relentless, exacting, unchanging, inflexible, cruel, close, obdurate, sharp, domineering, austere and dangerous.