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harshness


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harshness  \Harsh"ness\,  n. 
  The  quality  or  state  of  being  harsh. 
 
  O,  she  is  Ten  times  more  gentle  than  her  father  's 
  crabbed,  And  he's  composed  of  harshness.  --Shak. 
 
  'Tis  not  enough  no  harshness  gives  offense,  The  sound 
  must  seem  an  echo  to  the  sense  --Pope. 
 
  Syn:  Acrimony;  roughness;  sternness;  asperity;  tartness.  See 
  {Acrimony}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  harshness 
  n  1:  the  roughness  of  a  substance  that  causes  abrasions  [syn:  {abrasiveness}, 
  {scratchiness}] 
  2:  harsh  or  rough  to  the  ear  [syn:  {roughness}] 
  3:  the  quality  of  being  cruel  and  causing  tension  or  annoyance 
  [syn:  {cruelty},  {cruelness}] 
  4:  excessive  sternness;  "the  severity  of  his  punishment  was 
  inhuman"  [syn:  {severity},  {inclemency},  {hardness},  {stiffness}] 




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