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 for severeness
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.
                                                    --Waller.
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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.
                                                    --Dryden.
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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,
          n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  severeness
      n 1: used of the degree of something undesirable e.g. pain or
           weather [syn: badness, severity, severeness]
      2: something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern winters"
         [syn: asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigour,
         severity, severeness, rigorousness, rigourousness]
      3: extreme plainness [syn: austereness, severity,
         severeness]
      4: excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness
         of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
         [syn: severity, severeness, harshness, rigor,
         rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency,
         hardness, stiffness]

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