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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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  • True, surveillance remains widespread, and outspoken dissidents are punished harshly.
  • Hyacinth macaws screamed harshly as they flew across the river.
  • The environment for generating ideas can be constructively critical, but it must not be harshly or destructively so.
  • It has also led to criticism of a legal system seen to treat private citizens far more harshly than errant officials.
  • The firm has little to gain by protesting that it has been treated harshly, as it has been in both cases.
  • Their mandate is to produce higher risk-adjusted returns, and this is where private-equity firms should be judged more harshly.
  • It had to be dealt with swiftly and harshly, but you can also overdo things.
  • We need to stop judging one another so harshly on surface issues.
  • Still, she was disinclined to judge herself too harshly.
  • harshly lit patches straddled pockets of deep shade.
British Dictionary definitions for harshly

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 harshly
adv.

late 14c., from harsh + -ly (2).

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 harshly

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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