Definition of Severeness

1. Noun. Used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather.

Exact synonyms: Badness, Severity
Generic synonyms: Intensity, Intensiveness
Specialized synonyms: Foulness, Raininess, Distressfulness, Seriousness
Derivative terms: Bad, Bad, Bad, Severe, Severe, Severe, Severe, Severe

2. Noun. Something hard to endure. "The asperity of northern winters"
Exact synonyms: Asperity, Grimness, Hardship, Rigor, Rigorousness, Rigour, Rigourousness, Severity
Generic synonyms: Difficultness, Difficulty
Specialized synonyms: Sternness
Derivative terms: Grim, Severe

3. Noun. Extreme plainness.
Exact synonyms: Austereness, Severity
Generic synonyms: Plainness
Derivative terms: Austere, Austere, Severe

4. Noun. Excessive sternness. "The rigors of boot camp"

Definition of Severeness

1. Noun. The property of being severe. ¹

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Definition of Severeness

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Severeness

severance agreement
severance pay
severance payment
severance tax
severe acute respiratory syndrome
severe combined immunodeficiency disease
severe combined immunodeficient mice
severe postanoxic encephalopathy
severeness (current term)
severity of illness index

Literary usage of Severeness

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Headache and Its Materia Medica by Benoni F. Underwood (1889)
"Feeling as if the head were compressed in a vise, and that it would burst open from the severeness of the pain. Face bloated and red, with pulsating pain in ..."

2. The Works of the Rev. William Bridge by William Bridge (1845)
"Consider God's severeness to Adam in eating the forbidden fruit; and his severeness to Moses for a word, that for one word God would not let him enter into ..."

3. The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray by William Makepeace Thackeray (1868)
"Here Laura's face assumed that gravity and severeness which it always wore when Lady Clara's name was mentioned, and the conversation took another turn. ..."

4. Lives of the Queens of England: From the Norman Conquest by Agnes Strickland, Elisabeth Strickland (1852)
"... and that without any great occasion, excepting to free myself from the imputation of severeness, but now your letter 1ms given more matter to write, ..."

5. Annual Report by Ohio State Board of Agriculture (1908)
"Professor Davis: I should say probably it might, depending upon the severeness of the winter. Without any doubt the soil would freeze deeper without the ..."

6. The Rhyming Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Whole Language by John Walker, John Longmuir (1902)
"Sot'ten-ness State of beinar rotten, s. Stern'nesa severeness ; harshness, s. Btab'born-net-t Obstinacy; ..."

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