Harsh

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Harsh \Harsh\ (h[aum]rsh), adjective [Compar. {Harsher} (h[aum]rsh"[~e]r); superl. {Harshest}.] [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. h[aum]rsk; from the same source as E. hard. See {Hard}, adjective]

1. Rough; disagreeable; grating; esp.: (a) disagreeable to the touch. "Harsh sand." --Boyle. (b) disagreeable to the taste. "Berries harsh and crude." --Milton. (c) disagreeable to the ear. "Harsh din." --Milton.

2. Unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough.

Clarence is so harsh, so blunt. --Shak.

Though harsh the precept, yet the preacher charmed. --Dryden.

3. (Painting, Drawing, etc.) Having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

harsh

adjective

1: unpleasantly stern; "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; "the nomad life is rough and hazardous" [syn: {harsh}, {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: of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles; "coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave" [syn: {coarse}, {harsh}] [ant: {fine}]

4: unkind or cruel or uncivil; "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer" [syn: {harsh}, {rough}]

5: severe; "a harsh penalty"

6: sharply disagreeable; rigorous; "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character" [syn: {harsh}, {abrasive}]

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