Severity

Se*ver"i*ty

(?), n.;
pl. Severities (#).
[L. severitas: cf. F. svrit.] The quality or state of being severe. Specifically: --
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(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." Milton.
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(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.
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(c) Harshness; cruel treatment; sharpness of punishment; as, severity practiced on prisoners of war.
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(d) Exactness; rigorousness; strictness; as, the severity of a test.
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Confining myself to the severity of truth.
Dryden.
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