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Meaning of HARSHNESS

Pronunciation:  h'├órshnus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
  2. [n]  the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
  3. [n]  the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions
  4. [n]  harsh or rough to the ear
 

HARSHNESS is a 9 letter word that starts with H.

 

 Synonyms: abrasiveness, cruelness, cruelty, hardness, inclemency, rigor, rigour, scratchiness, severity, stiffness
 
 See Also: bloodthirstiness, brutality, ferociousness, gruffness, hoarseness, huskiness, malevolence, malevolency, malice, murderousness, quality, roughness, savageness, savagery, sternness, strictness, timber, timbre, tone, viciousness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Harsh"ness\, n.
The quality or state of being harsh.

      O, she is Ten times more gentle than her father 's
      crabbed, And he's composed of harshness. --Shak.

      'Tis not enough no harshness gives offense, The sound
      must seem an echo to the sense.          --Pope.

Syn: Acrimony; roughness; sternness; asperity; tartness. See
     {Acrimony}.

 
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