be, seem, sound
become, grow
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
especially, exceptionally, particularly, unusually

an exceptionally severe frost

moderately, relatively

women affected by mild to moderately severe symptoms

Severe is used with these nouns: ↑acne, ↑allergy, ↑arthritis, ↑asthma, ↑attack, ↑beating, ↑bleeding, ↑blow, ↑bout, ↑bun, ↑burn, ↑case, ↑chill, ↑climate, ↑competition, ↑complication, ↑concussion, ↑condemnation, ↑condition, ↑congestion, ↑consequence, ↑constipation, ↑constraint, ↑cramp, ↑crisis, ↑critic, ↑criticism, ↑cut, ↑cutback, ↑damage, ↑decline, ↑defect, ↑deficiency, ↑deformity, ↑dehydration, ↑dent, ↑depletion, ↑depression, ↑deprivation, ↑diarrhoea, ↑difficulty, ↑disability, ↑disadvantage, ↑disappointment, ↑discomfort, ↑disease, ↑disorder, ↑disruption, ↑distortion, ↑distress, ↑disturbance, ↑doubt, ↑downturn, ↑drop, ↑drought, ↑earthquake, ↑electric shock, ↑embarrassment, ↑episode, ↑erosion, ↑famine, ↑fatigue, ↑flood, ↑form, ↑frost, ↑gale, ↑haemorrhage, ↑handicap, ↑hardship, ↑headache, ↑hepatitis, ↑illness, ↑imbalance, ↑impact, ↑indigestion, ↑infection, ↑inflammation, ↑injury, ↑irritation, ↑jolt, ↑lack, ↑limit, ↑limitation, ↑look, ↑loss, ↑malaria, ↑malnutrition, ↑migraine, ↑nausea, ↑outbreak, ↑pain, ↑paranoia, ↑penalty, ↑persecution, ↑pneumonia, ↑poisoning, ↑poverty, ↑punishment, ↑reaction, ↑recession, ↑reduction, ↑repercussion, ↑repression, ↑reprimand, ↑restriction, ↑sanction, ↑sentence, ↑setback, ↑shock, ↑shortage, ↑sickness, ↑side effect, ↑slump, ↑spasm, ↑stammer, ↑storm, ↑strain, ↑stress, ↑stutter, ↑swelling, ↑symptom, ↑test, ↑tiredness, ↑trauma, ↑tremor, ↑unemployment, ↑weather, ↑winter, ↑wound

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  • severe — severe, stern, austere, ascetic can all mean given to or characterized by strict discipline and firm restraint. Severe is applicable to persons and their looks, acts, thoughts, and utterances or to things (as laws, penalties, judgments, and… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • severe — I adjective acrimonious, afflictive, agonizing, astringent, austere, austerus, bearish, brutal, censorious, churlish, coercive, cold, condemnatory, critical, cruel, despotic, difficult, domineering, dour, drastic, durus, exacting, excruciating,… …   Law dictionary

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