harshen

verb harsh·en \ ˈhär-shən \

Definition of harshen

harshened; harshening play \ˈhär-sh(ə-)niŋ\
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

Examples of harshen in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of harshen

1824

harshen Synonyms

Synonyms
harden, stiffen, strengthen, toughen
Antonyms
ameliorate, ease
Near Antonyms
lessen, moderate, soften


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