[Antonyms: lenity.]

[Nouns] severity; strictness, harshness; rigor, stringency, austerity; inclemency (pitilessness) [more]; arrogance [more]; precisianism.

arbitrary power; absolutism, despotism; dictatorship, autocracy, tyranny, domineering, oppression; assumption, usurpation; inquisition, reign of terror, martial law; iron heel, iron rule, iron hand, iron sway; tight grasp; brute force, brute strength; coercion [more]; strong hand, tight hand.

hard lines, hard measure; tender mercies [ironical]; sharp practice; pipe-clay, officialism.

tyrant, disciplinarian, precisian, martinet, stickler, bashaw, despot, hard master, Draco, oppressor, inquisitor, extortioner, harpy, vulture; accipitres, birds of prey, raptorials, raptors.

[Verbs] be severe

assume, usurp, arrogate, take liberties; domineer, bully [more]; tyrannize, inflict, wreak, stretch a point, put on the screw; be hard upon; bear a heavy hand on, lay a heavy hand on; be down upon, come down upon; ill treat; deal hardly with, deal hard measure to; rule with a rod of iron, chastise with scorpions; dye with blood; oppress, override; trample underfoot; tread underfoot, tread upon, trample upon, tread down upon, trample down upon; crush under an iron heel, ride roughshod over; rivet the yoke; hold a tight hand, keep a tight hand; force down the throat; coerce [more]; give no quarter (pitiless) [more].

[Adjectives] severe; strict, hard, harsh, dour, rigid, stiff, stern, rigorous, uncompromising, exacting, exigent, exigeant, inexorable, inflexible, obdurate, austere, hard-headed, hard-shell [U.S.], relentless, Spartan, Draconian, stringent, strait-laced, searching, unsparing, iron-handed, peremptory, absolute, positive, arbitrary, imperative; coercive [more]; tyrannical, extortionate, grinding, withering, oppressive, inquisitorial; inclement (ruthless) [more]; cruel (malevolent) [more]; haughty, arrogant [more]; precisian.

[Adverbs] severely; with a high hand, with a strong hand, with a tight hand, with a heavy hand.

at the point of the sword, at the point of the bayonet.

[Phrases] Delirant reges plectuntur Achivi; manu forti; ogni debole ha sempre il suo tiranno.

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