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Synonyms for severe

Synonyms for (adjective) severe

Synonyms: dangerous, grave, grievous, life-threatening, serious, severe Definition: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm Usage: a dangerous operation; a grave situation; a grave illness; grievous bodily harm; a serious wound; a serious turn of events; a severe case of pneumonia; a life-threatening disease

Similar words: critical Definition: being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency Usage: a critical shortage of food; a critical illness; an illness at the critical stage

Synonyms: severe Definition: very bad in degree or extent Usage: a severe worldwide depression; the house suffered severe damage

Similar words: bad Definition: having undesirable or negative qualities Usage: a bad report card; his sloppy appearance made a bad impression; a bad little boy; clothes in bad shape; a bad cut; bad luck; the news was very bad; the reviews were bad; the pay is bad; it was a bad light for reading; the movie was a bad choice

Synonyms: severe, spartan Definition: unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment Usage: a parent severe to the pitch of hostility- H.G.Wells; a hefty six-footer with a rather severe mien; a strict disciplinarian; a Spartan upbringing

Similar words: nonindulgent, strict Definition: characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint

Synonyms: severe, terrible, wicked Definition: intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality Usage: severe pain; a severe case of flu; a terrible cough; under wicked fire from the enemy's guns; a wicked cough

Similar words: intense Definition: possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree Usage: intense heat; intense anxiety; intense desire; intense emotion; the skunk's intense acrid odor; intense pain; enemy fire was intense

Synonyms: stern, austere, stark, severe Definition: severely simple Usage: a stark interior

Similar words: plain Definition: not elaborate or elaborated; simple Usage: plain food; stuck to the plain facts; a plain blue suit; a plain rectangular brick building

Synonyms: knockout, hard, severe Definition: very strong or vigorous Usage: strong winds; a hard left to the chin; a knockout punch; a severe blow

Similar words: strong Definition: having strength or power greater than average or expected Usage: a strong radio signal; strong medicine; a strong man