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harsh

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harsh as in unpleasantly stern
  • "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"
  • "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"

Synonyms

  • rough prepare in preliminary or sketchy form ; the part of a golf course bordering the fairway where the grass is not cut short ; with roughness or violence (`rough' is an informal variant for `roughly'); with rough motion as over a rough surface; having or caused by an irregular surface; (of persons or behavior) lacking refinement or finesse; not quite exact or correct; full of hardship or trials; violently agitated and turbulent; unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound; ready and able to resort to force or violence; of the margin of a leaf shape; causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements; not shaped by cutting or trimming; not carefully or expertly made; not perfected; unpleasantly stern; unkind or cruel or uncivil
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harsh as in unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses
  • "the harsh cry of a blue jay"
  • "harsh cognac"
  • "the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes"
  • "harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway"
harsh as in of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
  • "coarse meal"
  • "coarse sand"
  • "a coarse weave"

Synonyms

  • coarse of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles; lacking refinement or cultivation or taste; of low or inferior quality or value
harsh as in unkind or cruel or uncivil
  • "had harsh words"
  • "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"
  • "a rough answer"

Synonyms

  • rough prepare in preliminary or sketchy form ; the part of a golf course bordering the fairway where the grass is not cut short ; with roughness or violence (`rough' is an informal variant for `roughly'); with rough motion as over a rough surface; having or caused by an irregular surface; (of persons or behavior) lacking refinement or finesse; not quite exact or correct; full of hardship or trials; violently agitated and turbulent; unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound; ready and able to resort to force or violence; of the margin of a leaf shape; causing or characterized by jolts and irregular movements; not shaped by cutting or trimming; not carefully or expertly made; not perfected; unpleasantly stern; unkind or cruel or uncivil
harsh as in severe
  • "a harsh penalty"
harsh as in sharply disagreeable
  • "rigorous"
  • "the harsh facts of court delays"
  • "an abrasive character"

Synonyms

  • abrasive a substance that abrades or wears down ; causing abrasion ; sharply disagreeable

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