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Adjective: harsh (harsher,harshest)  haa(r)sh
  1. Unpleasantly stern
    "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus";
    - 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
    "harsh meal";
    - coarse
     
  4. Unkind, cruel or uncivil
    "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant";
    - rough
     
  5. Severe
    "a harsh penalty"
     
  6. Sharply disagreeable; rigorous
    "the harsh facts of court delays";
    - abrasive
Verb: harsh  haa(r)sh
Usage: N. Amer
  1. Criticize harshly
    "the teacher keeps harshing on the same kid"; "Stop harshing on yourself. Who said you're the ugly sister?";
    - harsh on [N. Amer], diss [informal], dis [informal]
     
  2. (slang) put a damper on (a mood)
    "well, that just totally harshed my buzz"

Derived forms: harshing, harshest, harshed, harshes, harsher

See also: coarse-grained, disagreeable, farinaceous, grainy, granular, granulated, granulose, gritty, heavy, large-grained, loose, mealy, open, plush-like, plushy, rough, texture, unkind, unpleasant, unsmooth

Type of: criticise [Brit], criticize, damn, knock, pick apart

Encyclopedia: Harsh, Sikar