harshen

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verb harsh·en \ˈhär-shən\

Definition of harshen

harshened

;

harshening

play \ˈhär-sh(ə-)niŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make (something, such as a voice) harsh

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become harsh saw the grain of his skin harshening over face bones — Elizabeth Bowen

Examples of harshen in a Sentence

  1. recent changes to the drunk driving laws harshen penalties for repeat offenders

1824

First Known Use of harshen

1824



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