(a) Gravity or austerity; extreme strictness; rigor; harshness; as, the
severity of a reprimand or a reproof;
severity of discipline or government;
severity of penalties. "Strict age, and sour severity."
(b) The quality or power of distressing or paining; extreme degree; extremity; intensity; inclemency; as, the
severity of pain or anguish; the
severity of cold or heat; the
severity of the winter.
(c) Harshness; cruel treatment; sharpness of punishment; as,
severity practiced on prisoners of war.
(d) Exactness; rigorousness; strictness; as, the
severity of a test.
Confining myself to the severity of truth.Dryden.
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