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harshness

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  1. 1 a harsh or sharp quality there was a harshness about her voice that made her an unlikely but surprisingly evocative singer of torch songs Synonyms of harshness acerbity, acidity, acidness, acridity, acridness, acrimoniousness, acrimony, acuteness, asperity, bite, bitterness, edge, keenness, poignance, poignancy, pungency, roughness, sharpness, tartnessWords Related to harshness ginger, punch, spice, tang; raucousness, severeness, severity, shrillness, virulence, vitriol; cattiness, maliciousness; pointedness, thorninessNear Antonyms of harshness gentleness, kindlinessAntonyms of harshness mildness, softness

  2. 2 the quality or state of being demanding or unyielding (as in discipline or criticism) was surprised at the harshness of the choirmaster's criticism, since he was usually pretty easygoing Synonyms of harshness exactingness, hardness, severity, inflexibility, rigidity, rigidness, rigor, rigorousness, sternness, strictness, stringencyWords Related to harshness callousness, hard-heartedness, implacability, obduracy, obdurateness, pitilessness; dourness, gruffness; asceticism, austereness, austerity, monasticism; determination, firmness, resolve, steadfastness; obstinacy, stubbornnessNear Antonyms of harshness forbearance, indulgence, kindness, lenience, patience, softness, tenderness, tolerance; responsiveness, willingness; compliance, pliability, pliancyAntonyms of harshness flexibility, gentleness, laxness, mildness


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