AskDefine | Define harsh

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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 used of circumstances (especially weather) that cause 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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Adjective

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  1. unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses
  2. severe or cruel

Translations

rough

Verb

  1. In the context of "slang": to negatively criticize
    Quit harshing me already, I said that I was sorry!
  2. In the context of "slang": to put a damper on someone's mood.
    Dude, you're harshing my buzz.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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