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severity

Roget category 739

5. Words relating to the voluntary powers
5.6. General intersocial volition
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#739. Severity

noun

severitystrictness, harshness etc. adj. — rigor, stringency, austerityinclemency etc. (pitilessness) 914.1; arrogance etc. 885precisianism.
arbitrary powerabsolutism, despotismdictatorship, autocracy, tyranny, domineering, oppressionassumption, usurpationinquisition, reign of terror, martial lawiron heel, iron rule, iron hand, iron sway tight graspbrute force, brute strengthcoercion etc. 744strong hand, tight hand.
hard lines, hard measuretender mercies [Iron.]sharp practicepipe-clay, officialism.
tyrant, disciplinarian, precisian, martinet, stickler, bashaw, despot, hard master, Draco, oppressor, inquisitor, extortioner, harpy, vultureaccipitres, birds of prey, raptorials, raptors.

verb

be severe etc. adj.. assume, usurp, arrogate, take libertiesdomineer, bully etc. 885tyrannize, inflict, wreak, stretch a point, put on the screwbe hard uponbear a heavy hand on, lay a heavy hand onbe down upon, come down uponill treatdeal hardly with, deal hard measure torule with a rod of iron, chastise with scorpionsdye with bloodoppress, overridetrample under foottread under foot, tread upon, trample upon, tread down upon, trample down uponcrush under an iron heel, ride roughshod overrivet the yokehold a tight hand, keep a tight handforce down the throatcoerce etc. 744give no quarter etc. (pitiless) 914.1.

adjective

severestrict, hard, harsh, dour, rigid, stiff, stern, rigorous, uncompromising, exacting, exigent, exigeant, inexorable, inflexible, obdurate, austere, hard-headed, hard-nosed, hard-shell [U.S.], relentless, Spartan, Draconian, stringent, strait-laced, searching, unsparing, iron-handed, peremptory, absolute, positive, arbitrary, imperativecoercive etc. 744tyrannical, extortionate, grinding, withering, oppressive, inquisitorialinclement etc. (ruthless) 914.1; cruel etc. (malevolent) 907haughty, arrogant etc. 885precisian.

adverb

severely etc. adj. — with a high hand, with a strong hand, with a tight hand, with a heavy hand.
at the point of the sword, at the point of the bayonet.

phrase

Delirant reges plectuntur Achivi [Lat.]manu forti [Lat.]ogni debole ha sempre il suo tiranno [It].



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