Thesaurus

harshness

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of harshness

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 for harshness

Words Related to harshness

Near Antonyms for harshness

Antonyms for harshness

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 for harshness

Words Related to harshness

Near Antonyms for harshness

Antonyms for harshness

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about harshness

Cite this Entry

“Harshness.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/harshness. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on harshness

Nglish: Translation of harshness for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of harshness for Arabic Speakers

Comments on harshness

What made you want to look up harshness? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!