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noun [uncountable] severity pronunciation in British English /sɪˈverəti/
  1. 1
    the seriousness of something bad or unpleasant
    severity of: The severity of the storm was less than expected.
  2. 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. 3
    an unfriendly attitude and a lack of humour
    The tone of Helen’s voice approached severity.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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