The fact or condition of being rigorous and unsparing
Exceptionally great concentration, power, or force, especially in activity
His severity has remained legendary.
The duel between Pierre and Dolokhov was hushed up and, in spite of the Emperor's severity regarding duels at that time, neither the principals nor their seconds suffered for it.
More than eight or ten years rarely pass without tornadoes or hurricanes of local severity at least.
- Immediately on the outbreak of the World War measures of extreme severity were taken by the civil and military authorities of Austria-Hungary throughout their Yugoslav provinces.
He exhibited severity and injustice when dealing with pagans and heretics.