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Unpleasantly rough or jarring to see or look at
“The harsh light from the sun made little Tommy squint through his glasses.”
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Unpleasantly rough or jarring in smell or taste
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“Some consumers felt that the condiment was particularly harsh on their noses and tastebuds.”
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Unpleasantly rough or jarring to listen to
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“He has a powerful, harsh voice that would carry well on a parade ground.”
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(of a surface) Not smooth
“I would not recommend walking over the harsh cobbled surface.”
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(of a person or governing body) Cruel or severe in nature
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“Years of oppression by the harsh ruler would finally come to an end.”
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(of an action taken) Very severe or strict
“The country's leaders are considering harsh measures to deal with the discontent.”
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Severe and difficult to cope with
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“Reports on harsh conditions for workers have been denied by the industry.”
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Ill-mannered in nature
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“Tempers were frayed and harsh words would be exchanged.”
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Mentally difficult to come to terms with
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“Your ability to accept the harsh reality of losses sends a clear message about your courage and commitment.”
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Capable of damaging or destroying organic matter
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“Be careful when handling those harsh cleaning solutions.”
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(of cold weather or climate) Bitterly cold
“The explorers braved the harsh conditions to get to the summit.”
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(of aesthetic sense) Excessively showy or ornamented
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“He showed up to the party dressed in harsh colors of blue and purple.”
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Not having or showing feeling or sympathy
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Difficult or challenging in nature, especially physically
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Producing or capable of producing significant noise
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Displeasing to one's senses
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Rude in a mean-spirited and surly way
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Likely to lead to an adverse or bad outcome
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Deeply pessimistic
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Having or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed or angered
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Not flattering
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Pertaining to an accusation
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Abrupt or unexpected in nature
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Not diplomatic or tactful
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Of great size, amount, or intensity
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Never relaxing or slackening
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Characterized by severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence
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Serving to caution or warn
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To a total, utter or complete degree
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Defiantly aggressive or bad-tempered
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Not regular, consistent, or equal
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Unsuitable for, or inconducive to, growing crops or vegetation