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(of things seen or through the sense of sight) Unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses
“The harsh light from the sun made little Tommy squint through his glasses.”
(of a smell or taste) Unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses
“Some consumers felt that the condiment was particularly harsh on their noses and tastebuds.”
(of a sound or noise) Unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses
“He has a powerful, harsh voice that would carry well on a parade ground.”
(of a surface) Not smooth
“I would not recommend walking over the harsh cobbled surface.”
(of a person or governing body) Cruel or severe in nature
“Years of oppression by the harsh ruler would finally come to an end.”
(of an action taken) Very severe or strict
“The country's leaders are considering harsh measures to deal with the discontent.”
Severe and difficult to cope with
“Reports on harsh conditions for workers have been denied by the industry.”
Ill-mannered in nature
“Tempers were frayed and harsh words would be exchanged.”
Mentally difficult to come to terms with
“He's been feeling rather low lately as he deals with the harsh reality of failure.”
Capable of damaging or destroying organic matter
“Be careful when handling those harsh cleaning solutions.”
(of cold weather or climate) Bitterly cold
“The explorers braved the harsh conditions to get to the summit.”
(of aesthetic sense) Excessively showy or ornamented
“He showed up to the party dressed in harsh colors of blue and purple.”
(slang) To negatively criticize
“Please don't harsh me too bad, but let me know what you think.”
(slang) To put a damper on
“Dude, don't harsh my buzz.”
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