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severity (noun) the state of being extremely bad and serious.

The severity of pain is the extremely serious condition of the pain. The severity of punishment is the extremely harsh nature of the punishment. The severity of heat is the extremely high temperature of the heat.

  • The severity of the illness of the patient caused a lot of worry to his relatives. He was so seriously ill that they were afraid that he might die at any time.
  • The judge is notorious for the severity of his punishments. The punishments he gave were so harsh that people were afraid to be tried in his court.
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