English Synonyms and Antonyms
Acerbity is a sharpness, with a touch of bitterness, which may arise from momentary annoyance or habitual impatience; asperity is keener and more pronounced, denoting distinct irritation or vexation; in speech asperity is often manifested by the tone of voice rather than by the words that are spoken. Acrimony in speech or temper is like a corrosive acid; it springs from settled character or deeply rooted feeling of aversion or unkindness. One might speak with momentary asperity to his child, but not with acrimony, unless estrangement had begun. Malignity is the extreme of settled ill intent; virulence is an envenomed hostility. Virulence of speech is a quality in language that makes the language seem as if exuding poison. Virulence is outspoken; malignity may be covered with smooth and courteous phrase. We say intense virulence, deep malignity. Severity is always painful, and may be terrible, but carries ordinarily the implication, true or false, of justice. Compare ANGER; BITTER; ENMITY.
badness, severity, severenessnoun
used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigour, severity, severeness, rigorousness, rigourousnessnoun
something hard to endure
"the asperity of northern winters"
hardness, cogency, hard knocks, severeness, rigor, austereness, harshness, gruesomeness, asperity, luridness, rigour, stiffness, inclemency, badness, adversity, hardship, rigorousness, sharpness, grimness, rigourousness, ghastliness, validity
austereness, severity, severenessnoun
severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffnessnoun
"severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
insensibility, ruggedness, callosity, grimness, awkwardness, severeness, rigor, unfeelingness, austereness, harshness, hardness, asperity, stiffness, callousness, scratchiness, roughness, cogency, gracelessness, inclemency, inclementness, badness, bad weather, hardship, rigorousness, cruelty, cruelness, clumsiness, abrasiveness, rigourousness, rigour, validity
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If criminals come within the reach of our law, whether they’re male or female, they will face the full severity of our law, ... There are criminals who go to jail all the time and they have children, and the children of these particular criminals will be dealt with in the same way that the children of criminals are normally dealt with.
With the severity of the rough I'll have to drive the ball at my best, i can make some pars out of the rough but you're not going to win the tournament playing out of the rough.
The number of calls we get are increasing. The severity of some of the problems we're seeing is increasing. Whether more people are calling because there's a greater awareness in the community or whether there's more problems, I guess it would be nice if we had information from [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] about that, but the fact of the matter is, we'll get six to eight calls a day in our law firm, certainly, there's good nursing homes out there, but there's also nursing homes that are focused on their profits as opposed to the care they're giving, and that's what we try to focus on to change.
Students are nervous, we are even more nervous since ASU is not providing us with anymore updates. I understand that they do not want to cause a panic amongst the students and faculty. However, they need to let us know the severity of the situation because most students are still not taking this matter as seriously as they should be.
The tempo of the arrests and prosecutions, and the severity of the sentences have gone up significantly.
Translations for severity
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- Gewichtung, Stärke, HärteGerman
- severidad, seriedadSpanish
- ankaruus, kovuus, pahuus, vakavuusFinnish
- strengheid, ernst, slechtheid, ongewenstheidDutch
- severidade, gravidadePortuguese
- строгость, суровостьRussian
- ciddiyet, dereceTurkish
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