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1 used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather [syn: badness]
2 something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern winters" [syn: asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigour, rigorousness]
3 excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp" [syn: harshness, rigor, rigour, inclemency, hardness, stiffness]

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  1. the state of being severe
  2. the degree of something undesirable; badness


the state of being severe
the degree of something undesirable; badness

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Severity may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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