harsh - definition and synonyms

 
 
adjective 

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/hɑː(r)ʃ/
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 match.

    The judge is known for his harsh sentences.

    harsh on:

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

     Synonyms and related words
     Synonyms and related words
  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.

derived word

harshly

 

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adverb