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 for severely
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Severe \Se*vere"\, a. [Compar. Severer; superl. Severest.]
     [L. severus; perhaps akin to Gr. ??? awe, ??? revered, holy,
     solemn, Goth. swikns innocent, chaste: cf. F. s['e]v[`e]re.
     Cf. Asseverate, Persevere.]
     1. Serious in feeling or manner; sedate; grave; austere; not
        light, lively, or cheerful.
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              Your looks alter, as your subject does,
              From kind to fierce, from wanton to severe.
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     2. Very strict in judgment, discipline, or government; harsh;
        not mild or indulgent; rigorous; as, severe criticism;
        severe punishment. "Custody severe." --Milton.
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              Come! you are too severe a moraler.   --Shak.
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              Let your zeal, if it must be expressed in anger, be
              always more severe against thyself than against
              others.                               --Jer. Taylor.
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     3. Rigidly methodical, or adherent to rule or principle;
        exactly conformed to a standard; not allowing or employing
        unneccessary ornament, amplification, etc.; strict; --
        said of style, argument, etc. "Restrained by reason and
        severe principles." --Jer. Taylor.
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              The Latin, a most severe and compendious language.
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     4. Sharp; afflictive; distressing; violent; extreme; as,
        severe pain, anguish, fortune; severe cold.
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     5. Difficult to be endured; exact; critical; rigorous; as, a
        severe test.
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     Syn: Strict; grave; austere; stern; morose; rigid; exact;
          rigorous; hard; rough; harsh; censorious; tart;
          acrimonious; sarcastic; satirical; cutting; biting;
          keen; bitter; cruel. See Strict.
          [1913 Webster] -- Se*vere"ly, adv. -- Se*vere"ness,
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: to a severe or serious degree; "fingers so badly frozen
             they had to be amputated"; "badly injured"; "a severely
             impaired heart"; "is gravely ill"; "was seriously ill"
             [syn: badly, severely, gravely, seriously]
      2: with sternness; in a severe manner; "`No,' she said sternly";
         "peered severely over her glasses" [syn: sternly,
      3: causing great damage or hardship; "industries hit hard by the
         depression"; "she was severely affected by the bank's
         failure" [syn: hard, severely]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  48 Moby Thesaurus words for "severely":
     acutely, ascetically, austerely, awfully, badly, barely, brutally,
     coldly, coolly, critically, crudely, cruelly, dangerously, dourly,
     dreadfully, entirely, fatally, forbiddingly, fully, gloweringly,
     gravely, grievously, grimly, harshly, inhumanly, mercilessly,
     modestly, mortally, onerously, painfully, permanently, plainly,
     primitively, punitively, relentlessly, rigorously, savagely,
     seriously, simply, soberly, sparely, sparsely, starkly, sternly,
     strictly, stringently, terminally, tyrannically

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