What is the meaning of harsh?


  • Unpleasantly stern.
    • usage: "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"
  • Disagreeable to the senses.
    • usage: "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"
  • Of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles.
    • usage: "coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave"
  • Unkind or cruel or uncivil.
    • usage: "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer"
  • Severe.
    • usage: "a harsh penalty"
  • Sharply disagreeable; rigorous.
    • usage: "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"
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