harshen

verb
harsh·en | \ˈhär-shən \
harshened; harshening\ˈhär-sh(ə-)niŋ \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for harshen

Synonyms

harden, stiffen, strengthen, toughen

Antonyms

ameliorate, ease

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Examples of harshen in a Sentence

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

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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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