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Overcrowding in secondary schools is pretty severe.
The reforms have caused severe economic hardship for the poorest members of the population.
One of the passengers had suffered severe bruising and serious cuts.
severe stomach pain
Severe thunderstorms are forecast for Tuesday night.
The country has come under severe criticism for its human rights record.
The most severe penalty he could get is ten years in prison.
She was equally severe on students who were late for class.
a severe expression
a severe hairstyle
They face a severe test of character against a vastly superior team.