Se*ver"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Severities (#). [L. severitas: cf. F. s'ev'erit'e.]
The quality or state of being severe.
Gravity or austerity; extreme strictness; rigor; harshness; as, the severity of a reprimand or a reproof; severity of discipline or government; severity of penalties
. "Strict age, and sour severity
The quality or power of distressing or paining; extreme degree; extremity; intensity; inclemency; as, the severity of pain or anguish; the severity of cold or heat; the severity of the winter
Harshness; cruel treatment; sharpness of punishment; as, severity practiced on prisoners of war
Exactness; rigorousness; strictness; as, the severity of a test
Confining myself to the severity of truth.
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