Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers Division (II) Intersocial Volition
Section I. General Intersocial Volition
NOUN: SEVERITY; strictness, harshness &c. adj.; rigor, stringency, austerity; inclemency ( pitilessness) [See Pitilessness] arrogance [See Insolence]; precisianism, formalism.
ARBITRARY POWER; absolutism, despotism; dictatorship, autocracy, tyranny, domineering, domination, oppression; assumption, usurpation; inquisition, reign of terror, martial law; iron -heel, - rule, - hand, - sway; tight grasp; brute -force, - strength; coercion [See Compulsion]; strong -, tight- hand.
BUREAUCRACY, red-tapism, pipe-clay, officialism; hard -lines, - measure; tender mercies [ ironical]; sharp practice.
TYRANT, disciplinarian, precisian, martinet, stickler, bashaw, despot, the Grand Panjandrum himself, hard master, Draco, oppressor, inquisitor, extortioner, harpy, vulture; Accipitres, Raptores, raptors [ obs.], birds of prey.
VERB: BE SEVERE &c. adj.
ARROGATE, assume, usurp, take liberties; domineer, bully [See Insolence]; tyrannize; wrest the law to ones advantage; inflict, wreak, stretch a point, put on the screw; be hard upon; bear -, lay- a heavy hand on; be down upon [ slang], come down upon [ colloq.]; illtreat; deal hardly with, deal hard measure to; rule with a rod of iron, chastise with scorpions; dye with blood; oppress, override; trample -, tread- -down, - upon, - under foot; crush under an iron heel, ride roughshod over; rivet the yoke; hold -, keep- a tight hand; force down the throat; coerce [See Compulsion]; give no quarter ( pitiless) [See Pitilessness]
ADJECTIVE: SEVERE; strict, hard, harsh, dour [ Scot.], rigid, stiff, stern, rigorous, uncompromising, exacting, exigent, exigeant [ F.], inexorable, inflexible, obdurate, austere, hard-headed, hard-shell [ colloq., U. S.], relentless, Spartan, Draconian, stringent, strict, prudish, precise, puritanical, strait-laced, searching, unsparing, ironhanded, peremptory, absolute, positive, arbitrary, imperative; coercive [See Compulsion]; tyrannical, extortionate, grinding, withering, oppressive, inquisitorial; inclement ( ruthless) [See Pitilessness] cruel ( malevolent) [See Malevolence]; haughty, arrogant [See Insolence]; precisian, formal, punctilious.
ADVERB: SEVERELY &c. adj.; with a -high, - strong, - tight, - heavy- hand.
at the point of the -sword, - bayonet.
QUOTATIONS: Quidquid delirant reges plectuntur Achivi.Horace
Ogni debole ha sempre il suo tiranno.
The Kings argument was that anything that had a head could be beheaded.Carroll