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Requiring precise accuracy
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  1. Requiring precise accuracy
  2. Requiring great care, effort, or attention:
  3. Making severe or excessive demands; not easily satisfied; strict
Not relenting; harsh; pitiless
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  1. Not relenting; harsh; pitiless
  2. Unyielding in severity or strictness; unrelenting:
  3. Steady and persistent; unremitting:
Difficult to endure; oppressive:
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  1. Difficult to endure; oppressive:
  2. Unshakable; firm
  3. Hard, harsh, or severe in manner or character:
  1. Inflexible and unwilling to negotiate or make concessions
  2. Unwilling to grant concessions or negotiate; inflexible:
  3. Not compromising or yielding; firm; inflexible; determined
Rigid; stiff
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  1. Rigid; stiff
  2. Aloof and often antisocial; extremely reserved:
  3. Firm; resolute
Not easily bent; stiff or rigid.
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  1. Not easily bent; stiff or rigid.
  2. That cannot be changed; fixed; unalterable
  3. Refusing to change one's attitude, purpose, or principles; immovable:
Not capable of being persuaded by entreaty; relentless:
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  1. Not capable of being persuaded by entreaty; relentless:
  2. Impossible to stop, alter, or resist; inevitable:
  3. That cannot be altered, checked, etc.
Disagreeable to the mind or feelings:
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  1. Disagreeable to the mind or feelings:
  2. Disagreeable to one of the senses, as:
  3. Too strong to the taste; bitter
Disposed to inflict pain or suffering:
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  1. Disposed to inflict pain or suffering:
  2. Causing, or of a kind to cause, pain, distress, etc.
  3. Deliberately seeking to inflict pain and suffering; enjoying others' suffering; without mercy or pity
Decided by a narrow margin; almost even:
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  1. Decided by a narrow margin; almost even:
  2. Having little or no space between elements or parts; tight and compact:
  3. Strictly confined or guarded:
Of or pertaining to the act or sound of grinding.
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  1. Of or pertaining to the act or sound of grinding.
(Law) Barring further action, debate, question, etc.; final; absolute; decisive
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  1. (Law) Barring further action, debate, question, etc.; final; absolute; decisive
  2. That cannot be denied, changed, delayed, opposed, etc., as a command
  3. 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. 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.
Hardened against feeling; hardhearted:
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  1. Hardened against feeling; hardhearted:
  2. Not changing in response to argument or other influence; obstinate or intractable:
  3. Not easily moved to pity or sympathy; hardhearted
Having or showing a fixed, firm purpose; determined; resolved; unwavering
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  1. Having or showing a fixed, firm purpose; determined; resolved; unwavering
  2. Firm or determined; unwavering.
Severe or stern in disposition or appearance; somber and grave:
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  1. Severe or stern in disposition or appearance; somber and grave:
  2. (Rare) Grave; sober
  3. Strict or severe in discipline; ascetic:
Not bending or flexible; stiff and hard
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  1. Not bending or flexible; stiff and hard
  2. Being an airship with a external frame made of rigid parts.
  3. Scrupulously or severely maintained or performed; rigorous or harsh:
Dealing with unpleasant subjects; frightful; ghastly
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  1. Dealing with unpleasant subjects; frightful; ghastly
  2. Fierce; cruel; savage
  3. Repellent or horrifying:
Showing or expressing sincerity or seriousness:
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  1. Showing or expressing sincerity or seriousness:
  2. Serious and intense; not joking or playful; sincere, ardent, etc.
Not moving or operating easily or freely; resistant:
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  1. Not moving or operating easily or freely; resistant:
  2. (Naut.) Not tending to lean or tilt to one side even in strong winds or when carrying much sail
  3. Having a strong, swift, steady force or movement:
  1. Highly unpleasant or disagreeable
  2. Having a menacing aspect:
  3. Tending or threatening to impede progress:
Firm and fixed in purpose; determined; resolute
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  1. Firm and fixed in purpose; determined; resolute
  1. Bound with stays.
  2. Excessively strict in behavior, morality, or opinions.
  3. Narrowly strict or severe in behavior or moral views
Having one's mind made up; decided; resolved
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  1. Having one's mind made up; decided; resolved
  2. Decided or resolved:
  3. Marked by or showing determination; resolute:
Not sympathetic to others; callous or hardhearted.
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  1. Not sympathetic to others; callous or hardhearted.
  2. Incapable of sympathy or mercy; hardhearted; callous; cruel
  3. Without emotion or sympathy
Lacking sensation; not feeling, or not capable of feeling, sensation; inanimate
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  1. Lacking sensation; not feeling, or not capable of feeling, sensation; inanimate
  2. Lacking sense or the power to reason.
  3. Lacking sensibility; without regard or feeling for others; cold; insensitive
Carefully maintained or observed:
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  1. Carefully maintained or observed:
  2. Conforming completely to established rule, principle, or condition:
  3. Requiring close observance or demanding in expectations:
Thoughtless of others; displaying a lack of consideration:
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  1. Thoughtless of others; displaying a lack of consideration:
  2. (Archaic) Not well considered or carefully thought out; ill-advised:
  3. Without thought or consideration for others; thoughtless; heedless
Securely fixed in place:
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  1. Securely fixed in place:
  2. Not moved or shaken easily; fixed; stable
  3. Constant; steadfast:
Not capable of being affected or moved in feeling; impassive.
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  1. Not capable of being affected or moved in feeling; impassive.
  2. (Law) Of or relating to things, such as trees and buildings, attached to real property:
  3. That cannot be moved; firmly fixed; not capable of movement
Not giving in or relenting; unyielding
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  1. Not giving in or relenting; unyielding
  2. Too hard to be broken
  3. Not willing to change one's opinion, purpose, or principles; unyielding.
Not giving in; not bending; stubborn.
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  1. Not giving in; not bending; stubborn.
  2. Not willing to change or be persuaded; resolute:
  3. Not giving way to pressure; hard or inflexible:
  1. Overly bossy, domineering, or arrogant.
  2. Acting in a dictatorial manner; arrogant; domineering
  3. Overwhelming in power or significance; predominant:
  1. (Comparable) Despotic, oppressive or authoritarian.
  2. Characteristic of a tyrant or tyranny; despotic and oppressive:
  3. Harsh, cruel, unjust, oppressive, etc.
Acting as a mordant
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  1. Acting as a mordant
  2. Bitingly painful.
  3. Having or showing a sharp or critical quality; biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.
Out of tune by being above the true or proper pitch
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  1. Out of tune by being above the true or proper pitch
  2. Made up of hard, angular particles, as sand
  3. Composed of hard angular particles:
Requiring precise accuracy
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  1. Requiring precise accuracy
  2. Demanding great care, patience, effort, etc.; arduous
  3. Making excessive demands; hard to satisfy.
Characterized by scarcity of money, credit restrictions, or other financial strain:
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  1. Characterized by scarcity of money, credit restrictions, or other financial strain:
  2. Rigidly controlled, enforced, etc.; strict; severe
  3. Constricted; tight:
Extreme in effect; severe or radical:
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  1. Extreme in effect; severe or radical:
  2. Acting with force; having a strong or violent effect; severe; harsh; extreme
  3. Extreme; severe.
  1. Overbearing, dictatorial or authoritarian
  2. Arrogant; overbearing; tyrannical
  3. Arrogant in asserting or attempting to assert one's will over others; overbearing.
Being an airship with a external frame made of rigid parts.
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  1. Being an airship with a external frame made of rigid parts.
  2. Scrupulously or severely maintained or performed; rigorous or harsh:
  3. Not bending or flexible; stiff and hard
Hard to put up with; causing great discomfort or fatigue
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  1. Hard to put up with; causing great discomfort or fatigue
  2. Burdensome or difficult to bear.
  3. Difficult to cope with; causing hardship or depressed spirits:
Of or pertaining to a despot or tyrant.
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  1. Of or pertaining to a despot or tyrant.
  2. Acting or ruling as a despot, tyrannical.
  3. Of or like a despot; autocratic; tyrannical
Having or showing no mercy; cruel; relentless; pitiless
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  1. Having or showing no mercy; cruel; relentless; pitiless
  2. Exceeding a normal or reasonable limit; excessive:
  3. Beyond what is proper or usual; excessive
Unwilling to grant concessions or negotiate; inflexible:
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  1. Unwilling to grant concessions or negotiate; inflexible:
  2. Inflexible and unwilling to negotiate or make concessions
  3. Not compromising or yielding; firm; inflexible; determined
Not changing in response to argument or other influence; obstinate or intractable:
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  1. Not changing in response to argument or other influence; obstinate or intractable:
  2. Hardened against feeling; hardhearted:
  3. Not easily moved to pity or sympathy; hardhearted
Unyielding in severity or strictness; unrelenting:
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  1. Unyielding in severity or strictness; unrelenting:
  2. Not relenting; harsh; pitiless
  3. Steady and persistent; unremitting:
Without mercy or compassion
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  1. Without mercy or compassion
  2. Not relaxing or slackening, as in effort, speed, etc.
  3. Not relenting; having no pity; not being or becoming lenient, mild, gentle, or merciful; unyielding; inflexibly rigid; hard; stern; cruel.
Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
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  1. Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
  2. Lacking in shade; undiminished:
  3. Marked by stubborn refusal to compromise or yield; uncompromising:
Characterized by or adhering to strict standards or methods; exacting and thorough:
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  1. Characterized by or adhering to strict standards or methods; exacting and thorough:
  2. Rigidly precise; thoroughly accurate or exact
  3. Harsh, severe, or demanding:
Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare:
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  1. Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare:
  2. Having a severe or stern look, manner, etc.; forbidding
  3. Strict or severe in discipline; ascetic:
Of or pertaining to the act or sound of grinding.
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  1. Of or pertaining to the act or sound of grinding.
Of or characteristic of ascetics or asceticism; self-denying; austere
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  1. Of or characteristic of ascetics or asceticism; self-denying; austere
  2. Of or relating to ascetics; characterized by rigorous self-denial or self-discipline; austere; abstinent; involving a withholding of physical pleasure.
  3. Relating to, characteristic of, or leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial, especially for spiritual improvement.
Dealing with unpleasant subjects; frightful; ghastly
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  1. Dealing with unpleasant subjects; frightful; ghastly
  2. Repellent or horrifying:
  3. Hard and unyielding; relentless; stern; resolute
(Rare) That cannot be eased, lessened, or allayed
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  1. (Rare) That cannot be eased, lessened, or allayed
  2. Impossible to placate or appease:
Causing or characterized by severe pain, suffering, or distress:
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  1. Causing or characterized by severe pain, suffering, or distress:
  2. Causing, or of a kind to cause, pain, distress, etc.
  3. Deliberately seeking to inflict pain and suffering; enjoying others' suffering; without mercy or pity
Having, or showing, no pity; merciless
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  1. Having, or showing, no pity; merciless
  2. Having no kindly feelings; unkind
  3. Without pity; unfeeling
Designating or of important products or raw materials subject to increased production and restricted distribution under strict control, as in wartime
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  1. Designating or of important products or raw materials subject to increased production and restricted distribution under strict control, as in wartime
  2. (Physics) Capable of sustaining a nuclear chain reaction:
  3. Extremely important or essential:
Being in violation of principles of justice or fairness; unfair:
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  1. Being in violation of principles of justice or fairness; unfair:
  2. Not fair, just or right.
  3. Acting in violation of such principles; unfair in one's dealings and actions:
Lacking refinement or culture; coarse:
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  1. Lacking refinement or culture; coarse:
  2. Uncultured, crude, coarse, rough, etc.
  3. Marked by the use or occurrence of barbarisms in spoken or written language.
Expressing censure; inclined to find fault; harshly critical
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  1. Expressing censure; inclined to find fault; harshly critical
  2. Tending to censure; critical.
  3. Addicted to censure and scolding; apt to blame or condemn; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners.
Having, resembling, or being a crust:
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  1. Having, resembling, or being a crust:
  2. Outspoken and surly. Used especially of older people.
  3. Rough and outspoken; not patient, kindly, or refined
Having a rough, surly, and harsh demeanor and nature.
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  1. Having a rough, surly, and harsh demeanor and nature.
  2. Brusque or stern in manner or appearance:
  3. Rough or surly in manner or speech; brusquely rude
Hard to read or make out because cramped or irregular
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  1. Hard to read or make out because cramped or irregular
  2. (Of handwriting) Crowded together and difficult to read.
  3. Hard to understand because intricate or complicated
Not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; unrelieved:
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  1. Not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; unrelieved:
  2. Unqualified; out-and-out; absolute
  3. Without qualification or exception; absolute:
Difficult to manage, deal with, or change to an acceptable condition:
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  1. Difficult to manage, deal with, or change to an acceptable condition:
  2. Hard to work, manipulate, cure, treat, etc.
  3. Hard to manage; unruly or stubborn
Difficult to treat or deal with; resistant to treatment or effort:
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  1. Difficult to treat or deal with; resistant to treatment or effort:
  2. Done or carried on in an obstinate or doggedly persistent manner
  3. Hard to handle, treat, or deal with; intractable
Of or pertaining to the manner of an autocrat.
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  1. Of or pertaining to the manner of an autocrat.
  2. Of or pertaining to autocracy or to an autocrat; absolute; holding independent and arbitrary powers of government.
  3. Tending to impose one's will on others in an insistent or arrogant manner; domineering.
Of Draco or the harsh code of laws attributed to him
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  1. Of Draco or the harsh code of laws attributed to him
  2. Extremely severe or cruel
  3. Exceedingly harsh; very severe:
Having a shell not recently molted
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  1. Having a shell not recently molted
  2. Having a thick, heavy, or hardened shell.
  3. Having a hard shell
Having rocks or rock outcroppings; rocky.
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  1. Having rocks or rock outcroppings; rocky.
  2. Firm; rigid; unyielding
  3. Firm and unyielding, especially with regard to one's principles, loyalties, or beliefs:
Having the hide tight over the bone and muscle structure of the body, as an emaciated cow
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  1. Having the hide tight over the bone and muscle structure of the body, as an emaciated cow
  2. Having abnormally dry, stiff skin that adheres closely to the underlying flesh. Used of domestic animals such as cattle.
  3. (Of a domestic animal) Having the skin adhering so closely to the ribs and back as not to be easily loosened or raised; emaciated.
Requiring others to work hard or meet high expectations:
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  1. Requiring others to work hard or meet high expectations:
  2. Requiring much effort or attention:
  3. Making difficult or irksome demands on a person's resources, patience, energy, etc.
Requiring precise accuracy
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  1. Requiring precise accuracy
  2. Demanding great care, patience, effort, etc.; arduous
  3. Making excessive demands; hard to satisfy.
Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
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  1. Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
  2. Lacking in shade; undiminished:
  3. Stern, strict, or demanding:
Unpleasantly coarse and rough to the touch:
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  1. Unpleasantly coarse and rough to the touch:
  2. Disagreeable to one of the senses, as:
  3. Expressing displeasure or disapproval:
Scrupulously or severely maintained or performed; rigorous or harsh:
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  1. Scrupulously or severely maintained or performed; rigorous or harsh:
  2. Not moving; set
  3. Not bending or flexible; stiff and hard
Difficult to endure; oppressive:
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  1. Difficult to endure; oppressive:
  2. Hard; severe; unyielding; strict
  3. Hard, harsh, or severe in manner or character:
Following or enforcing a rule or rules with great care; punctilious
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  1. Following or enforcing a rule or rules with great care; punctilious
  2. Not loose or vague; exact or precise:
  3. Perfect; absolute; entire
Strong-minded; resolute:
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  1. Strong-minded; resolute:
  2. Hard to convince or influence; stubborn
  3. Hard to cut or chew:
Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
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  1. Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
  2. Not giving in; not bending; stubborn.
  3. Not giving way to pressure; hard or inflexible:
Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare:
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  1. Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare:
  2. Strict or severe in discipline; ascetic:
  3. Having a severe or stern look, manner, etc.; forbidding
Providing no encouragement; depressing:
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  1. Providing no encouragement; depressing:
  2. Cold and cutting; harsh
  3. Not promising or hopeful
Sternly obstinate; unyielding:
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  1. Sternly obstinate; unyielding:
  2. Marked by sternness or harshness; forbidding:
  3. (Scot.) Hard; stern; severe
Appearing stern, forbidding, harsh, etc.
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  1. Appearing stern, forbidding, harsh, etc.
  2. Repellent or horrifying:
  3. Hard and unyielding; relentless; stern; resolute
Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
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  1. Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
  2. Lacking in shade; undiminished:
  3. Stern, strict, or demanding:
Unpleasantly coarse and rough to the touch:
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  1. Unpleasantly coarse and rough to the touch:
  2. Disagreeable to one of the senses, as:
  3. Expressing displeasure or disapproval:
(Archaic) Strong; powerful
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  1. (Archaic) Strong; powerful
  2. Complete or utter; extreme:
  3. Sharply outlined or prominent
Proceeding from or exhibiting strong animosity:
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  1. Proceeding from or exhibiting strong animosity:
  2. Designating or having a sharp, often unpleasant taste; acrid, as quinine or peach stones
  3. Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear:
Extremely ruthless or cruel.
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  1. Extremely ruthless or cruel.
  2. Like a brute; cruel and unfeeling; savage, violent, ruthless, etc.
  3. Plain and direct, although distressing in effect
Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
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  1. Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
  2. Lacking in shade; undiminished:
  3. Stern, strict, or demanding:
Expressing displeasure or disapproval:
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  1. Expressing displeasure or disapproval:
  2. Disagreeable to one of the senses, as:
  3. Unpleasantly coarse and rough to the touch:
Regarded as being risky, dangerous, offensive, etc., often as a result of lacking in conventional social controls
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  1. Regarded as being risky, dangerous, offensive, etc., often as a result of lacking in conventional social controls
  2. Difficult to endure or live through, especially because of harsh or inclement weather:
  3. Difficult to travel over or through:
Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
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  1. Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
  2. Lacking in shade; undiminished:
  3. Definite; firm:
Hard to do or accomplish; arduous:
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  1. Hard to do or accomplish; arduous:
  2. Hard to endure; oppressive; burdensome; distressing
  3. Hard to digest
(Mining) Large; capacious; said of veins of ore.
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  1. (Mining) Large; capacious; said of veins of ore.
  2. Effective or potent:
  3. Having much power; strong or influential
Showing or expressing sincerity or seriousness:
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  1. Showing or expressing sincerity or seriousness:
  2. Serious and intense; not joking or playful; sincere, ardent, etc.
(--- Theol.) So evil as to cause spiritual death; mortal
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  1. (--- Theol.) So evil as to cause spiritual death; mortal
  2. Fraught with danger or harm:
  3. Requiring serious thought; important; weighty
Too dense or rich to digest easily:
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  1. Too dense or rich to digest easily:
  2. Marked by or exhibiting weariness:
  3. (Theater) Serious, tragic, or villainous
Of utmost importance; of outstanding significance or consequence:
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  1. Of utmost importance; of outstanding significance or consequence:
  2. Of great moment; very important
Requiring or carried out with careful thought or concern:
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  1. Requiring or carried out with careful thought or concern:
  2. Concerned with important rather than trivial matters:
  3. Not joking or trifling:
Burdensome; oppressive:
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  1. Burdensome; oppressive:
  2. Adapted to turn the balance in the mind, or to convince; important; forcible; serious; momentous.
  3. Having much weight; very heavy; ponderous
Involving or filled with danger; perilous.
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  1. Involving or filled with danger; perilous.
  2. Being able or likely to do harm.
  3. Full of danger; likely to cause injury, pain, etc.; unsafe; perilous
(--- Theol.) So evil as to cause spiritual death; mortal
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  1. (--- Theol.) So evil as to cause spiritual death; mortal
  2. Fraught with danger or harm:
  3. Requiring serious thought; important; weighty
Causing grief
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  1. Causing grief
  2. Causing suffering; hard to bear; severe
  3. Very serious; deplorable
Giving cause for concern; dangerous
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  1. Giving cause for concern; dangerous
  2. Concerned with important rather than trivial matters:
  3. Not joking or trifling:
Using much energy; strenuous
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  1. Using much energy; strenuous
  2. Hard to traverse, climb, or surmount.
  3. Difficult to do; laborious; onerous
Requiring great physical exertion
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  1. Requiring great physical exertion
  2. (Figuratively) Of work, very physically tiring.
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  1. Of or like a burden; arduous or demanding
  2. Weighing much or hard to carry; heavy.
  3. Hard to bear; heavy; oppressive
Requiring others to work hard or meet high expectations:
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  1. Requiring others to work hard or meet high expectations:
  2. Requiring much effort or attention:
  3. Making difficult or irksome demands on a person's resources, patience, energy, etc.
Not easy to endure; full of hardship or trouble; trying:
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  1. Not easy to endure; full of hardship or trouble; trying:
  2. Hard to satisfy, persuade, please, etc.
  3. Not easy to comprehend, solve, or explain:
Requiring or showing effort.
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Requiring precise accuracy
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  1. Requiring precise accuracy
  2. Demanding great care, patience, effort, etc.; arduous
  3. Making excessive demands; hard to satisfy.
Calling for immediate action or attention; urgent; critical
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  1. Calling for immediate action or attention; urgent; critical
  2. Having or making urgent demands; demanding:
  3. Requiring immediate action; pressing:
Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder:
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  1. Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder:
  2. Difficult to undertake, surmount, or defeat:
  3. Hard to handle or overcome
Harsh or severe in effect or intention:
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  1. Harsh or severe in effect or intention:
  2. Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
  3. Marked by stubborn refusal to compromise or yield; uncompromising:
Hard to endure; oppressive; burdensome; distressing
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  1. Hard to endure; oppressive; burdensome; distressing
  2. Hard to do or accomplish; arduous:
  3. Hard to digest
Marked by or requiring long, hard work:
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  1. Marked by or requiring long, hard work:
  2. Involving or calling for much hard work; difficult
  3. Mentally difficult; painstaking
Burdensome; laborious
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  1. Burdensome; laborious
  2. Troublesome or oppressive; burdensome.
  3. (Law) Involving a legal obligation that equals or exceeds the benefits
Hard to put up with; causing great discomfort or fatigue
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  1. Hard to put up with; causing great discomfort or fatigue
  2. Burdensome or difficult to bear.
  3. Difficult to cope with; causing hardship or depressed spirits:
Characterized by or adhering to strict standards or methods; exacting and thorough:
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  1. Characterized by or adhering to strict standards or methods; exacting and thorough:
  2. Rigidly precise; thoroughly accurate or exact
  3. Harsh, severe, or demanding:
Regarded as being risky, dangerous, offensive, etc., often as a result of lacking in conventional social controls
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  1. Regarded as being risky, dangerous, offensive, etc., often as a result of lacking in conventional social controls
  2. Difficult to endure or live through, especially because of harsh or inclement weather:
  3. Difficult to travel over or through:
Burdensome; wearing:
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  1. Burdensome; wearing:
  2. With respect to an experience: exhausting; draining.
Hard to convince or influence; stubborn
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  1. Hard to convince or influence; stubborn
  2. Hard to cut or chew:
  3. Very difficult; toilsome
  1. Irritating, stressful or bothersome.
  2. That tries one's patience; annoying; exasperating; irksome
  3. Difficult to endure; arduous.
Of great consequence; serious or momentous:
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  1. Of great consequence; serious or momentous:
  2. Having much weight; very heavy; ponderous
  3. Adapted to turn the balance in the mind, or to convince; important; forcible; serious; momentous.

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 149 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for severe, like: exacting, relentless, stern, uncompromising, unbending, inflexible, unchanging, unalterable, inexorable, harsh and cruel.