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Meaning of HARSH

Pronunciation:  hârsh

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  sharply disagreeable; rigorous; "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"
  2. [adj]  (of circumstances; especially weather) causing suffering; "brutal weather"; "northern winters can be cruel"; "a cruel world"; "a harsh climate"; "a rigorous climate"; "unkind winters"
  3. [adj]  severe; "a harsh penalty"
  4. [adj]  extremely unkind or cruel; "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"
  5. [adj]  unpleasantly stern; "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"
  6. [adj]  disagreeable 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 is a 5 letter word that starts with H.

 

 Synonyms: abrasive, brutal, cruel, disagreeable, hard, heavy, rigorous, rough, unkind, unpleasant
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Harsh\ (h[aum]rsh), a. [Compar. {Harsher} (-[~e]r);
superl. {Harshest}.] [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan.
harsk rancid, Sw. h["a]rsk; from the same source as E. hard.
See {Hard}, a.]
1. Rough; disagreeable; grating; esp.:
   (a) disagreeable to the touch. ``Harsh sand.'' --Boyle.
   (b) disagreeable to the taste. ``Berries harsh and
       crude.'' --Milton.
   (c) disagreeable to the ear. ``Harsh din.'' --Milton.

2. Unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere;
   crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough.

         Clarence is so harsh, so blunt.       --Shak.

         Though harsh the precept, yet the charmed. --Dryden.

3. (Painting, Drawing, etc.) Having violent contrasts of
   color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony.

 
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