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 ?
And yet these harshnesses are tenderness itself when compared with the universal harshness out of which they grow; the harshness of the position towards the temperament, of the means towards the aims, of today towards yesterday, of hereafter towards today.
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.
He was full of timid care for his wife, not only because he deprecated any harshness of judgment from her, but because he felt a deep distress at the sight of her suffering.
When I wrote sternly and coldly, as I confess I frequently did at the last, he blamed my harshness, and said it was enough to scare him from his home: when I tried mild persuasion, he was a little more gentle in his replies, and promised to return; but I had learnt, at last, to disregard his promises.
A look of severity, or harshness even, a sort of stiffness, which, with inferiors, was pride, with superiors an affectation of superior virtue; a surly cast of countenance upon all occasions, even when looking at himself in a glass alone -- such is the exterior of this personage.
I WON'T bear with you, if I can alter you,' replied my mother: but the harshness of her words was undone by the earnest affection of her tone and pleasant smile, that made my father smile again, less sadly and less transiently than was his wont.
Aw, it's only one of his cryin' jags," Mary said, with a harshness that her free hand belied as it caressed his hair with soothing strokes.
There is a very pleasant light in Tom's blue-gray eyes as he glances at the house-windows; that fold in his brow never disappears, but it is not unbecoming; it seems to imply a strength of will that may possibly be without harshness, when the eyes and mouth have their gentlest expression.
He tried by indulgence to the grandson to make up for harshness to the elder George.
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.
Defend himself when such extreme harshness as you are going to practice makes the man a very martyr
And mother -- mother just took me up in her arms, without one word of rebuke or harshness, kissed me and held me close to her heart.