harsh

harsh
[[t]hɑ͟ː(r)ʃ[/t]]
harsher, harshest
1) ADJ-GRADED Harsh climates or conditions are very difficult for people, animals, and plants to live in.

The weather grew harsh, chilly and unpredictable.

...the harsh desert environment.

...after the harsh experience of the war.

Syn:
Ant:
Derived words:
harshness N-UNCOUNT

...the harshness of their living conditions.

2) ADJ-GRADED Harsh actions or speech are unkind and show no understanding or sympathy.

...the cold, harsh cruelty of her husband...

He said many harsh and unkind things about his opponents.

Syn:
cruel, severe
Derived words:
harshly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

She's been told that her husband is being harshly treated in prison...

`Why didn't you tell me before?' asked Hunter harshly.

harshness N-UNCOUNT

...treating him with great harshness.

3) ADJ-GRADED Something that is harsh is so hard, bright, or rough that it seems unpleasant or harmful.

Tropical colours may look rather harsh in our dull northern light.

...harsher detergents that can leave hair brittle.

Derived words:
harshness N-UNCOUNT

...as the wine ages, losing its bitter harshness.

4) ADJ-GRADED Harsh voices and sounds are ones that are rough and unpleasant to listen to.

It's a pity she has such a loud harsh voice.

Ant:
soft, gentle
Derived words:
harshly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

Chris laughed harshly.

harshness N-UNCOUNT

Then in a tone of abrupt harshness, he added, `Open these trunks!'.

5) ADJ-GRADED (emphasis) If you talk about harsh realities or facts, or the harsh truth, you are emphasizing that they are true or real, although they are unpleasant and people try to avoid thinking about them.

The harsh truth is that luck plays a big part in who will live or die.

Syn:
grim, bitter

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