"Children severely flogged" -- illustration to an article in The Illustrated Police News (1877?)
Scene from Miya's Severe Hairbrushing from Southeastern Woodshed (2010).

Severe can mean strict, harsh, hard or bitter; very bad or intense; sober or austere. A severe punishment is a hard punishment.

The adverb of severe is severely. For example, a person can be spanked severely, as opposed to lightly.

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