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harsh

[hahrsh] /hɑrʃ/
adjective
1.
ungentle and unpleasant in action or effect:
harsh treatment; harsh manners.
2.
grim or unpleasantly severe; stern; cruel; austere:
a harsh life; a harsh master.
3.
physically uncomfortable; desolate; stark:
a harsh land.
4.
unpleasant to the ear; grating; strident:
a harsh voice; a harsh sound.
5.
unpleasantly rough, ragged, or coarse to the touch:
a harsh surface.
6.
jarring to the eye or to the esthetic sense; unrefined; crude; raw:
harsh colors.
7.
unpleasant to the taste or sense of smell; bitter; acrid:
a harsh flavor; a harsh odor.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English harsk; cognate with German harsch, Danish harsk rancid
Related forms
harshly, adverb
harshness, noun
overharsh, adjective
overharshly, adverb
overharshness, noun
unharsh, adjective
unharshly, adverb
Synonyms
2. brusque, hard, unfeeling, unkind, brutal, acrimonious, bad-tempered. See stern1 . 3. rough. 4. discordant, dissonant, unharmonious. 6. unesthetic.
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  • He braved the harshest of conditions, threats of violence, and the intrigue that roiled the treasure hunting of his day.
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  • Those who are successful at breastfeeding are often the ones who are the harshest critics of those who are unable to breastfeed.
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  • Those people who felt more powerful and more incompetent picked the harshest punishments, the study found.
  • Now even his harshest critics have signed on for the show.
  • Your work is under the harshest scrutiny imaginable.
  • The harshest punishments are given to people who won't cooperate with the government.
  • Reserves were largely consumed last winter, the harshest in living memory.
  • It is a global species, living everywhere but the harshest deserts and the coldest tundra.
British Dictionary definitions for harshest

harsh

/hɑːʃ/
adjective
1.
rough or grating to the senses
2.
stern, severe, or cruel
verb
3.
(transitive) (slang) to cause (a state of elation) to be diminished or ended (esp in the phrases harsh someone's mellow and harsh someone's buzz)
Derived Forms
harshly, adverb
harshness, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Middle Low German harsch, Norwegian harsk rancid
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Word Origin and History for harshest

harsh

adj.

originally of texture, "hairy," 1530s, probably from harske "rough, coarse, sour" (c.1300), a northern word of Scandinavian origin (cf. Danish and Norwegian harsk "rancid, rank"), related to Middle Low German harsch "rough, raw," German harst "a rake;" perhaps from PIE root *kars- "to scrape, scratch, rub, card" (cf. Lithuanian karsiu "to comb," Old Church Slavonic krasta, Russian korosta "to itch," Latin carduus "thistle," Sanskrit kasati "rubs, scratches"). Meaning "offensive to feelings" is from 1570s; "disagreeable, rude" from 1610s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for harshest

harsh

verb

To nag and complain; nudge (1990s+ Teenagers)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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