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 severity of the sentence he was given.

3) an unfriendly attitude and a lack of humour

The tone of Helen's voice approached severity.

4) the degree to which something is plain and not attractive in its style

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