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adjective     harsh pronunciation in British English
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  1. 2
    harsh actions, words, judgments, or laws are strict, unkind, and often unfair

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

    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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  2. 3
    harsh sounds are unpleasant because they are not soft, gentle, or smooth

    He had a loud harsh voice.

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

      the harsh glare of a naked light bulb

  3. 4
    harsh facts are unpleasant but true

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

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     harshly pronunciation in British English
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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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