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"Estricto" is an adjective which is often translated as "strict", and "severo" is an adjective which is often translated as "severe". Learn more about the difference between "estricto" and "severo" below.
estricto(
ehs
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treek
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toh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (severe)
a. strict
Jaime es un profesor muy estricto, pero sus alumnos lo respetan.Jaime is a very strict teacher, but his students respect him.
2. (stringent)
a. strict
El médico me mandó una dieta estricta.The doctor put me on a strict diet.
3. (conforming to norms)
a. strict
Mi papá es un musulmán estricto y por eso reza cinco veces al día.My father is a strict Muslim, so he prays five times daily.
4. (exact)
a. strict
No vendemos flores en el sentido estricto de la palabra: las nuestras están hechas de seda.We don't sell flowers in the strict sense of the word: ours are made of silk.
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severo(
seh
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beh
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roh
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (extreme)
a. severe
El tirano les impuso un castigo severo a los traidores.The tyrant imposed a severe punishment on the traitors.
b. harsh
El invierno era severo. Los soldados estaban rodeados y les quedaban pocas raciones.It was a harsh winter. The soldiers were surrounded and low on rations.
2. (disciplinary)
a. strict
Sus padres son muy severos y no la dejan salir.Her parents are very strict and don't let her go out.
b. severe
El rey tenía la reputación de ser severo y despiadado.The king had a reputation for being severe and ruthless.
c. harsh
Tu hijo jugó bien. No seas severo con él solo porque no metió un gol.Your son played well. Don't be harsh on him just because he didn't score a goal.
d. stern
Nuestro jefe le dio a Cristóbal una reprimenda severa cuando enteró que sus ventas fueron bajas.Our boss gave Cristobal a stern reprimand when he found out this his sales figures were low.
3. (grave)
a. serious
Mi abuela tiene una enfermedad severa y ha estado postrada las últimas semanas.My grandmother suffers from a serious disease and has been bedridden the past few weeks.
b. severe
La mujer ya presentaba síntomas severos cuando ingresó al hospitalThe woman exhibited severe symptoms when she arrived at the hospital.
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