Se*vere" (?), a.
[Compar. Severer (?);
superl. Severest.] [L. severus;
perhaps akin to Gr. ??? awe, ??? revered, holy, solemn,
Goth. swikns innocent, chaste: cf. F.
sévère. Cf. Asseverate,
Persevere.] 1. Serious in feeeling or
manner; sedate; grave; austere; not light, lively, or
Your looks alter, as your subject does,
From kind to fierce, from wanton to severe.
2. Very strict in judgment, discipline, or
government; harsh; not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe
criticism; severe punishment. "Custody severe."
Come! you are too severe a moraler.
Let your zeal, if it must be expressed in anger, be
always more severe against thyself than against
others. Jer. Taylor.
3. Rigidly methodical, or adherent to rule or
principle; exactly conformed to a standard; not allowing or employing
unneccessary ornament, amplification, etc.; strict; -- said of style,
argument, etc. "Restrained by reason and severe
principles." Jer. Taylor.
The Latin, a most severe and compendious
4. Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent;
extreme; as, severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe
5. Difficult to be endured; exact; critical;
rigorous; as, a severe test.
Syn. -- Strict; grave; austere; stern; morose; rigid; exact;
rigorous; hard; rough; harsh; censorious; tart; acrimonious;
sarcastic; satirical; cutting; biting; keen; bitter; cruel. See
-- Se*vere"ly, adv. --