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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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I have been going back and forth between Mexico and the States for almost 15 years now, and this was such an important part of California's history," Luna's gentle voice harshens with indignation.
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Thus, these Northern Nigerian states have codified certain provisions of Islamic criminal law in a way that harshens their application and increases the use of physical punishments.