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adjective harsh pronunciation in British English /hɑː(r)ʃ/
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adjectiveharsh
comparativeharsher
superlativeharshest
  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 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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  3. 4
    harsh facts are unpleasant but true
    This was Tim’s first experience of the harsh realities of life.

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