harsh·​en | \ ˈhär-shən How to pronounce harshen (audio) \
harshened; harshening\ ˈhär-​sh(ə-​)niŋ How to pronounce harshen (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 Unfortunately, the film only takes a cursory, superficial glance at this societal malady, as if a deeper dive would harshen the mellow of its romantic comedy. Odie Henderson, BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2022 As time goes on, more voters could harshen their view of Biden, as all of these problems are under his tent now. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 24 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 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 27 Sep. 2022.

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