Simple Definition of harsh
: unpleasant and difficult to accept or experience
: having an unpleasant or harmful effect because of great strength or force : too intense or powerful
: severe or cruel : not kind
Full Definition of harsh
Examples of harsh in a sentence
The climate there is very harsh.
We've had an extremely harsh winter.
It's time for her to face the harsh realities of this situation.
The accident serves as a harsh reminder of the importance of wearing a seat belt.
The lighting in the room was very harsh.
The state has established harsh penalties for drug dealers.
She has been criticized for her harsh treatment of his students.
He was sentenced to a harsh prison term.
He had harsh words for his opponent.
She has faced some extremely harsh criticism.
Origin and Etymology of harsh
Middle English harsk, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian harsk harsh
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of harsh
HARSH Defined for Kids
Definition of harsh for Students
1 : causing physical discomfort <a harsh climate>
2 : having an unpleasant or harmful effect often because of great force or intensity <a harsh sound> <a harsh soap>
3 : severe or cruel : not kind or lenient <harsh punishment>
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