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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.

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