utmost (esp. BrE)

She wagged her finger with mock severity.

assess, determine

The medicine can reduce the severity of symptoms.

reflect (esp. BrE)

The sentence passed today reflects the severity of the crime.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Severity — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Severity >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 severity severity Sgm: N 1 strictness strictness harshness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 rigor rigor stringency austerity Sgm: N 1 inclemency inclemency …   English dictionary for students

  • severity — se|ver|i|ty [ sı verəti ] noun uncount 1. ) the seriousness of something bad or unpleasant: severity of: The severity of the storm was less than expected. 2. ) the degree to which something is strict or extreme: severity of: She was surprised by… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • severity — UK [sɪˈverətɪ] / US noun [uncountable] 1) the seriousness of something bad or unpleasant severity of: The severity of the storm was less than expected. 2) the degree to which something is strict or extreme severity of: She was surprised by the… …   English dictionary

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