harshen

verb
harsh·​en | \ ˈhär-shən How to pronounce harshen (audio) \
harshened; harshening\ ˈhär-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce harshening (audio) \

Definition of harshen

transitive verb

: to make (something, such as a voice) harsh

intransitive verb

: to become harsh saw the grain of his skin harshening over face bones— Elizabeth Bowen

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Examples of harshen in a Sentence

recent changes to the drunk driving laws harshen penalties for repeat offenders
Recent Examples on the Web The impetus for the line came not just from the rise of the ingredient-conscious consumer, but also in response to the ever-harshening realities of modern life. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "Philosophy Is Launching Nature in a Jar, a New Natural Skin-Care Line," 13 Dec. 2019 Protests by tens of thousands before the election and on the eve of his inauguration lead to legislation harshening penalties for unauthorized political protests. Fox News, "Significant moments in Putin's 18 years of power," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of harshen

1824, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Harshen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harshen. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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