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harsh

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adjective \ˈhärsh\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of harsh

  1. 1 :  having a coarse uneven surface that is rough or unpleasant to the touch

  2. 2 a :  causing a disagreeable or painful sensory reaction :  irritating b :  physically discomforting :  painful

  3. 3 :  unduly exacting :  severe

  4. 4 :  lacking in aesthetic appeal or refinement :  crude

harshly

adverb

harshness

noun

Examples of harsh in a sentence

  1. The climate there is very harsh.

  2. We've had an extremely harsh winter.

  3. It's time for her to face the harsh realities of this situation.

  4. The accident serves as a harsh reminder of the importance of wearing a seat belt.

  5. The lighting in the room was very harsh.

  6. The state has established harsh penalties for drug dealers.

  7. She has been criticized for her harsh treatment of his students.

  8. He was sentenced to a harsh prison term.

  9. He had harsh words for his opponent.

  10. 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

rough, harsh, uneven, rugged, scabrous mean not smooth or even. rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface <a rough wooden board>. harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch <a harsh fabric that chafes the skin>. uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality <an old house with uneven floors>. rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel <a rugged landscape>. scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface <a scabrous leaf>.

Rhymes with harsh


HARSH Defined for Kids

harsh

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adjective \ˈhärsh\

Definition of harsh for Students

harsher

harshest

  1. 1 :  causing physical discomfort <a harsh climate>

  2. 2 :  having an unpleasant or harmful effect often because of great force or intensity <a harsh sound> <a harsh soap>

  3. 3 :  severe or cruel :  not kind or lenient <harsh punishment>

harshly

adverb

harshness

noun




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