Synonyms of severe


1. severe, terrible, wicked, intense (vs. mild)

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

2. hard, knockout, severe, strong (vs. weak)

usage: very strong or vigorous; "strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow"

3. austere, severe, stark, stern, plain (vs. fancy)

usage: severely simple; "a stark interior"

4. severe, spartan, nonindulgent (vs. indulgent), strict

usage: unsparing and uncompromising in discipline or judgment; "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"

5. dangerous, grave, grievous, serious, severe, life-threatening, critical (vs. noncritical)

usage: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "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"

6. severe, bad (vs. good)

usage: very bad in degree or extent; "a severe worldwide depression"; "the house suffered severe damage"

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