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adjective American English pronunciation: harsh /hɑrʃ/ 
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adjectiveharsh
comparativeharsher
superlativeharshest
  1. 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.

  2. 3
    harsh facts are unpleasant but true

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

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harshly

 American English pronunciation: harshly  adverb

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