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harsh


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harsh  \Harsh\  (h[aum]rsh),  a.  [Compar.  {Harsher}  (-[~e]r); 
  superl.  {Harshest}.]  [OE.  harsk;  akin  to  G.  harsch,  Dan. 
  harsk  rancid,  Sw  h["a]rsk;  from  the  same  source  as  E.  hard. 
  See  {Hard},  a.] 
  1.  Rough;  disagreeable;  grating;  esp.: 
  a  disagreeable  to  the  touch.  ``Harsh  sand.''  --Boyle. 
  b  disagreeable  to  the  taste.  ``Berries  harsh  and 
  crude.''  --Milton. 
  c  disagreeable  to  the  ear.  ``Harsh  din.''  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Unpleasant  and  repulsive  to  the  sensibilities;  austere; 
  crabbed;  morose;  abusive;  abusive;  severe;  rough. 
 
  Clarence  is  so  harsh,  so  blunt.  --Shak. 
 
  Though  harsh  the  precept,  yet  the  charmed.  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  (Painting,  Drawing,  etc.)  Having  violent  contrasts  of 
  color,  or  of  light  and  shade;  lacking  in  harmony. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  harsh 
  adj  1:  unpleasantly  stern;  "wild  and  harsh  country  full  of  hot  sand 
  and  cactus";  "the  nomad  life  is  rough  and  hazardous" 
  [syn:  {rough}] 
  2:  disagreeable  to  the  senses  "the  harsh  cry  of  a  blue  jay"; 
  "harsh  cognac";  "the  harsh  white  light  makes  you  screw  up 
  your  eyes";  "harsh  irritating  smoke  filled  the  hallway" 
  3:  extremely  unkind  or  cruel;  "had  harsh  words";  "a  harsh  and 
  unlovable  old  tyrant" 
  4:  severe;  "a  harsh  penalty" 
  5:  (of  circumstances;  especially  weather)  causing  suffering; 
  "brutal  weather";  "northern  winters  can  be  cruel";  "a 
  cruel  world";  "a  harsh  climate;  "a  rigorous  climate"; 
  "unkind  winters"  [syn:  {brutal},  {cruel},  {rigorous},  {unkind}] 
  6:  sharply  disagreeable;  rigorous;  "the  harsh  facts  of  court 
  delays";  "an  abrasive  character"  [syn:  {abrasive}] 




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