harshness


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harsh

 (härsh)
adj. harsh·er, harsh·est
1. Disagreeable to one of the senses, as:
a. Disagreeable to the sense of hearing: a harsh voice.
b. Disagreeable to the sense of sight: harsh lighting.
c. Unpleasantly coarse and rough to the touch: harsh burlap.
2. Unpleasant, uncomfortable, or hostile to survival: a harsh wilderness; a harsh winter.
3. Severe, cruel, or exacting: harsh punishment; a harsh overseer.
4. Disagreeable to the mind or feelings: harsh words.
5. Expressing displeasure or disapproval: gave me a harsh look.

[Middle English harsk, of Scandinavian origin.]

harsh′ly adv.
harsh′ness n.

Harshness

 

See Also: VOICE, FIRMNESS

  1. Austere … as an aging virgin —Paige Mitchell
  2. Corrosive as shame —Frank Swinnerton
  3. Harsh as the bitterness of death —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  4. Harsh as the yelping of jackals —Gustave Flaubert
  5. (I will be … ) harsh as truth —William Lloyd
  6. Rough as a cob and twice as corny —American colloquialism attributed to South
  7. Shrill and active like a flight of gulls —George Garrett

    See Also: ACTIVENESS

  8. Shrill as a whistling teapot with a head full of steam —Anon
  9. (His nerves sang a song) shriller than a dog whistle —Douglas Adams
  10. Shrill [voice] like a blade turning on a whetstone —Clifford Irving
  11. Spoke sternly like a ward nurse to a familiar patient —Arthur A. Cohen
  12. Strident as mustard —Marge Piercy
  13. Threw orders around like lashes from a cat-o’nine-tails —Maya Angelou
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harshness - the roughness of a substance that causes abrasionsharshness - the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions
raggedness, roughness - a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
2.harshness - the quality of being unpleasant (harsh or rough or grating) to the senses
unpleasantness - the quality of giving displeasure; "the recent unpleasantness of the weather"
gruffness, hoarseness, huskiness - a throaty harshness
3.harshness - the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
brutality, ferociousness, viciousness, savagery - the trait of extreme cruelty
murderousness - cruelty evidence by a capability to commit murder
malevolency, malice, malevolence - the quality of threatening evil
4.harshness - excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
sternness, strictness - uncompromising resolution

harshness

noun
1. severity, brutality, roughness, sternness, hardness They treated him with extreme harshness.
2. bitterness, acrimony, ill-temper, sourness, asperity, acerbity a tone of abrupt harshness

harshness

noun
The fact or condition of being rigorous and unsparing:
Translations
قَسْوَه، خُشونَه
drsnost
råhedstrenghed
érdesség
harka
acımasızlıksertlik

harshness

[ˈhɑːʃnɪs] N [of climate] → rigor m, dureza f; [of conditions, words] → dureza f; [of punishment] → dureza f, severidad f; [of light] → crudeza f; [of colour] → estridencia f; [of sound, fabric] → aspereza f

harshness

[ˈhɑːrʃnɪs] n [treatment] → dureté f; [punishment] → sévérité f; [life, conditions] → dureté f

harshness

n
(of winter, conditions)Härte f; (of weather, climate, environment)Rauheit f, → Unwirtlichkeit f
(= severity, of words, remarks, criticism) → Schärfe f; (of verdict, sentence, punishment, treatment)Härte f; (of discipline)Strenge f
(= roughness, of sound, voice, wool, fabric) → Rauheit f; (of breathing)rasselnde Art; (of cleaner, detergent)Schärfe f; (of taste, wine, whisky)Herbheit f; (of light, colours)Grelle f

harshness

[ˈhɑːʃnɪs] n
a. (of punishment, person) → durezza; (of weather) → inclemenza; (of taste) → asprezza; (of cloth) → ruvidezza
b. (of voice) → sgradevolezza; (of colour) → chiassosità; (of light) → intensità; (of contrast) → violenza

harsh

(haːʃ) adjective
1. (of people, discipline etc) very strict; cruel. That is a very harsh punishment to give a young child.
2. rough and unpleasant to hear, see, taste etc. a harsh voice; harsh colours.
ˈharshly adverb
ˈharshness noun
References in classic literature ?
He's my child, and I can't have his spirit broken by harshness.
That humid and congenial atmosphere which commonly adorned the view, veiling its harshness, and softening its asperities, had disappeared, the northern air poured across the waste of water so harsh and unmingled, that nothing was left to be conjectured by the eye, or fashioned by the fancy.
But at the indistinct murmur of his words her whole face grew tender, and even lovely, with sorrowful affection; the harshness of her features disappeared, as it were, behind the warm and misty glow.
Suspicion fell upon a humble family in the neighborhood who had been lately treated with peculiar harshness by the baron; and from these people the suspicion easily extended itself to their relatives and familiars.
It would have been some comfort to the bruised, unhappy little spirit to know that Miranda Sawyer was passing an uncomfortable night, and that she tacitly regretted her harshness, partly because Jane had taken such a lofty and virtuous position in the matter.
But I believed that his moodiness, his harshness, and his former faults of morality (I say FORMER, for now he seemed corrected of them) had their source in some cruel cross of fate.
Mention of Kenneth caused her to exclaim, instantly, that her health was perfect, and it was only Catherine's harshness which made her unhappy.
Dick was so very complacent, sitting on the foot of the bed, nursing his leg, and telling me this, with his eyes wide open and a surprised smile, that I am sorry to say I was provoked into explaining to him that ruin meant distress, want, and starvation; but I was soon bitterly reproved for this harshness, by seeing his face turn pale, and tears course down his lengthened cheeks, while he fixed upon me a look of such unutterable woe, that it might have softened a far harder heart than mine.
I could not but note the unnecessary harshness and brutality with which her guards treated her; so different from the almost maternal kindliness which Sola manifested toward me, and the respectful attitude of the few green Martians who took the trouble to notice me at all.
It was as if the blood, no longer needed for the working of the heart, had gone to make the harshness of death as little rude as might be.
Speak on, madame, speak on, Queen," said Buckingham; "the sweetness of your voice covers the harshness of your words.
Ah, Maximilian, that is the very thing that makes you so bold, and which renders me at once so happy and unhappy, that I frequently ask myself whether it is better for me to endure the harshness of my mother-in-law, and her blind preference for her own child, or to be, as I now am, insensible to any pleasure save such as I find in these meetings, so fraught with danger to both.