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Another word for severe

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Adjective
  1. Rigorous and unsparing in treating others

    See also:

    easy

  2. Cold and forbidding

    See also:

    hot

    attitude

  3. Causing sharp, often prolonged discomfort

    See also:

    comfort

  4. Conveying great physical force

    See also:

    big

  5. Having great consequence or weight

    See also:

    important

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

    See also:

    help

Another word for severe

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