Open Dictionary
mouse here to listen, click to choose/add more
Location: USA
Source: Learn That Word
Profile URL:

Are you a native English speaker? How do you pronounce this word?

Thank you for contributing!
upload mp3 file or record now it's easy, promised!

{%type%} Definitions

WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

n. - Excessive sternness; Extreme plainness; Something hard to endure; Used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather.

Usage examples (19)
  • Adjective, : severe criticism; severe laws. ,a severe face. ,a severe illness. ,a severe test of his powers. ,severe standards
  • Asked to elaborate on what he meant by "severeness," Garnett looked down at the interview table in front of him and drew an analogy, saying the bone spurs were expected...
  • The media is TOTALLY over hyping the severeness of the whole situation
  • When FDR came to Washington in 1933, he understood the severeness of the crisis before him. for more
Tutoring comment

Tutoring comment not yet available...

add more
The Open Dictionary of English is a collaborative project, based on Open Source materials, LearnThat resources, and partner APIs.
We give special thanks to our LearnThat volunteers, as well as Princeton University and Wiktionary for their Open Source word data. We're also grateful for the support given by Google,,, and YouTube,,,,, as well as the generous Creative Commons community.