severe [-r, -st] adj

Fr. < L.

  1. Stoic; clinical; impersonal; not emotional.
  2. Rigorous; demanding; exacting; disciplined.
  3. Plain; unadorned.
  4. Harsh; strict in condemnation; firm in punishment; grim in making judgment.
  5. Pointed; piercing.

severe adv

see severe, adj.

  1. Rigorously; strenuously; arduously; with heavy labor.
  2. Tersely; curtly; abruptly; with little explanation.