"severity" in the noun sense
1. badness, severity, severeness
used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or weather
2. asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigour, severity, severeness, rigorousness, rigourousness
something hard to endure
"the asperity of northern winters"
3. austereness, severity, severeness
4. severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffness
"severity of character"
"the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"
"the rigors of boot camp"
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