Synonyms for severity
Antonyms for severity
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SEVERITY
She'll drive him to me again; but oh, the shame of taking him so, given to me by her severity!
The severity of this Winter caused great difficulties in Kentucke.
"You are trying to evade me, Mr. Hewson," she said, with a severity he found charming.
But again provoking a severity from me which she could not bear, and calling me names!
Bred in coldness and severity, this had rescued him to have a warm and sympathetic heart.
This somewhat abated the severity of Mrs Tow-wouse's countenance.
"But you did stickle about words an hour ago," said Mr. Hempstead, with some severity.
I rejoined with some severity, for I have never held with profanity.
No length of march and no severity of service could curb his spirits.
The Act failed on account of its severity, and was repealed in 1549.
late 15c., "austerity or strictness of life," from Middle French severite, from Latin severitas "seriousness, strictness, sternness," from severus "stern, strict, serious," of uncertain origin. Possibly from PIE root *segh- "to have, hold" (see scheme (n.)), or possibly from *se vero "without kindness," from se "without" (see secret) + *vero "kindness," neuter ablative of verus "true" (see very). Meaning "strictness in dealing with others" is recorded from 1520s.
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