1. Unpleasantly stern (synset 301808700)
    "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"
  2. Unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses (synset 301808909)
    "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 (synset 302238735)
    "coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave"
  4. Unkind or cruel or uncivil (synset 301377110)
    "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer"
  5. Severe (synset 301194459)
    "a harsh penalty"
  6. Sharply disagreeable;
    Rigorous (synset 300091073)
    "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"

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