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adjective harsh pronunciation in American English /hɑrʃ/ 
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  1. 1
    harsh conditions or places are unpleasant and difficult to live in

    the harsh environment of the desert

    Ilie remembers the harsh living conditions in Romania.

  2. 2
    harsh actions, words, judgments, or laws are strict, unkind, and often unfair

    Harsh words were spoken in the dressing room after the game.

    The judge is known for his harsh sentences.

    harsh on:

    The law has been harsher on soldiers than it has on civilians.

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  3. 3
    harsh facts are unpleasant but true

    This was Tim's first experience of the harsh realities of life.

  4. 4
    harsh sounds are unpleasant because they are not soft, gentle, or smooth

    He had a loud harsh voice.

    1. a.
      harsh colors or lights are not pleasant because they are very bright

      the harsh glare of a naked light bulb

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 harsh pronunciation in American English  adverb


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