[ UK /hˈɑːʃ/ ]
[ US /ˈhɑɹʃ/ ]
  1. unpleasantly stern
    wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus
    the nomad life is rough and hazardous
  2. severe
    a harsh penalty
  3. unkind or cruel or uncivil
    a harsh and unlovable old tyrant
    had harsh words
    a rough answer
  4. unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses
    the harsh cry of a blue jay
    harsh cognac
    the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes
    harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway
  5. of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
    a coarse weave
    coarse sand
    coarse meal
  6. sharply disagreeable; rigorous
    the harsh facts of court delays
    an abrasive character
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How To Use harsh In A Sentence

  • Harsh discipline was the child's lot, and they were often terrorized deliberately and, not infrequently, sexually abused.
  • The ride can feel a bit harsh at times but cabin noise is low. The Sun
  • Adults who opposed Mussolini were dealt with harshly.
  • It found itself subjected to harsh rain it was ill equipped for, dissolving the sandstone facades of it's buildings slowly, even as the people chose not to lift their eyes and notice it.
  • It was mid autumn and the leaves were already starting to swirl around me as a harsher wind blew, creating almost a curtain of color each time the breeze came.
  • Jeffrey's voice was rough and his words were harsh but Anthony remained calm and cool, save his eyes.
  • When they relate poetry to music, they invite harsh criticism on two fronts, not just one.
  • On the sidewalk Soapy began to yell drunken gibberish at the top of his harsh voice.
  • His answer was brutal, harsher than he had ever meant.
  • Among the most desolate sandhills you may find in July acres of wax-white pyrola – like lilies of the valley splashed with pink – covering the plains between the lonely ridges of harsh, grey grass. The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing
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