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Another word for severe

  1. Rigorous and unsparing in treating others

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  2. Cold and forbidding

  3. Causing sharp, often prolonged discomfort

      1. Having a surface marked by irregularities, protuberances, or ridges; not smooth:
      2. Coarse or shaggy to the touch:
      3. Difficult to travel over or through:
      1. Disagreeable to the sense of hearing:
      2. Disagreeable to the sense of sight:
      3. Unpleasantly coarse and rough to the touch:
      1. Resistant to pressure; not readily penetrated; firm or solid:
      2. Well protected from an attack, as by aerial bombardment:
      3. Requiring great effort or endurance:
      1. Extremely ruthless or cruel.
      2. Crude or unfeeling in manner or speech.
      3. Harsh; unrelenting:
      1. Having or being a taste that is sharp, acrid, and unpleasant.
      2. Causing a sharply unpleasant, painful, or stinging sensation; harsh:
      3. Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear:
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  4. Conveying great physical force

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  5. Having great consequence or weight

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  6. Causing or marked by danger or pain, for example

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  7. Requiring great or extreme bodily, mental, or spiritual strength

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Another word for severe

  1. Stern

  2. Difficult or rigorous

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