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harsh
WordNet 2.0
  • sharply disagreeable
  • rigorous
  • "the harsh facts of court delays"
  • "an abrasive character"
  • used of circumstances (especially weather) that cause suffering
  • "brutal weather"
  • "northern winters can be cruel"
  • "a cruel world"
  • "a harsh climate"
  • "a rigorous climate"
  • "unkind winters"
  • severe
  • "a harsh penalty"
  • extremely unkind or cruel
  • "had harsh words"
  • "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"
  • unpleasantly stern
  • "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"
  • "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"
  • disagreeable to the senses
  • "the harsh cry of a blue jay"
  • "harsh cognac"
  • "the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes"
  • "harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway"
harsh
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Rough; disagreeable; grating; esp.: (a) To the touch. "Harsh sand." Boyle. (b) To the taste. "Berries harsh and crude." Milton. (c) To the ear. "Harsh din." Milton.

    2. Unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough.

    "Clarence is so harsh, so blunt." -- Shak.

    "Though harsh the precept, yet the preacher charmed." -- Dryden.

    3. (Painting, Drawing, etc.) Having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony.

 

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