Definition of Harsh in English :

Define Harsh in English

Harsh meaning in English

Meaning of Harsh in English

Pronunciation of Harsh in English

Harsh pronunciation in English

Pronounce Harsh in English


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1. harsh, rough

unpleasantly stern

Example Sentences:
'wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus'
'the nomad life is rough and hazardous'

2. harsh

disagreeable to the senses

Example Sentences:
'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'

3. coarse, harsh

of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

Example Sentences:
'coarse meal'
'coarse sand'
'a coarse weave'

4. harsh, rough

unkind or cruel or uncivil

Example Sentences:
'had harsh words'
'a harsh and unlovable old tyrant'
'a rough answer'

5. harsh


Example Sentences:
'a harsh penalty'

6. abrasive, harsh

sharply disagreeable; rigorous

Example Sentences:
'the harsh facts of court delays'
'an abrasive character'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of harsh
rough or grating to the senses
stern, severe, or cruel
3. (transitive) slang
to cause (a state of elation) to be diminished or ended (esp in the phrases harsh someone's mellow and harsh someone's buzz)

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see synonyms of harsh
unpleasantly sharp or rough
; specif.,
grating to the ear; discordant
too bright or vivid to the eye; glaring
too strong to the taste; bitter
not smooth to the touch; coarse
unpleasantly crude, abrupt, or strained so as to be offensive to the mind or feelings
the harsh realities of death
rough, crude, or forbidding in appearance
beneath his harsh exterior
excessively severe; cruel or unfeeling
a harsh punishment
oppressive, inhospitable, inclement, etc.
a harsh climate

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of harsh
adj. harsh·er, harsh·est
1. Disagreeable to one of the senses, as:
a. Disagreeable to the sense of hearing: a harsh voice.
b. Disagreeable to the sense of sight: harsh lighting.
c. Unpleasantly coarse and rough to the touch: harsh burlap.
2. Unpleasant, uncomfortable, or hostile to survival: a harsh wilderness; a harsh winter.
3. Severe, cruel, or exacting: harsh punishment; a harsh overseer.
4. Disagreeable to the mind or feelings: harsh words.
5. Expressing displeasure or disapproval: gave me a harsh look.

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