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tr. & intr.v. harsh·ened, harsh·en·ing, harsh·ens
To make or become harsh.


vb (tr)
to make or render harsh


(ˈhɑr ʃən)

v.t., v.i.
to make or become harsh: Avarice had harshened his features.
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Verb1.harshen - make harsh or harsher; "Winter harshened the look of the city"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
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The increase of the exposure time to 56 days was intended to harshen the degradation conditions and thereby enhance the effects of thermooxidation.
Within its follow up for the efforts made to protect society against risks, the Council approved that the respective department will revise the laws on anti-drugs and psychotropic and harshen them to ensure the required deterrence.
The NTC commanders are also planning to harshen their offensive on Bani Walid once Sirte is captured.
Hartman pushes well beyond this position, arguing that the acknowledgment of slaves' humanity often worked, perversely, to harshen the texture of daily life and intensify their subjection.
Dershowitz, supra note 5, at 90 (arguing that acceptance of black rage would lead racists to demand longer sentences and harshen police intrusion against blacks).
"an incentive to increasingly harshen" their crime control
(57) Thus, this does not seem to be a practical way to harshen a state's entire criminal code, and one should not exaggerate the concerns arising from it.
might drive local communities to gradually harshen their criminal