Meaning of HARSH in English

— harshly , adv. — harshness , n.

/hahrsh/ , adj.

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.

[ 1250-1300; ME harsk; c. G harsch, Dan harsk rancid ]

Syn. 2. brusque, hard, unfeeling, unkind, brutal, acrimonious, bad-tempered. See stern 1 . 3. rough. 4. discordant, dissonant, unharmonious. 6. unesthetic.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .