harsh

harsh
harsh [ harʃ ] adjective **
▸ 1 difficult to live in
▸ 2 about actions/words
▸ 3 facts: unpleasant & true
▸ 4 about sounds/lights etc.
▸ 5 substances: damaging
1. ) harsh conditions or places are unpleasant and difficult to live in:
the harsh environment of the desert
Ilie remembers the harsh living conditions in Romania.
a ) harsh weather is extremely cold and unpleasant
2. ) harsh actions, words, judgments, or laws are strict, unkind, and often unfair:
Harsh words were spoken in the dressing room after the game.
I think the sentence was far too harsh.
harsh on: The law has been harsher on soldiers than it has on civilians.
3. ) harsh facts are unpleasant but true:
This was Tim's first experience of the harsh realities of life.
4. ) harsh sounds are unpleasant because they are not soft, gentle, or smooth:
He had a loud harsh voice.
a ) harsh colors or lights are not pleasant because they are very bright:
the harsh glare of a naked light bulb
5. ) harsh substances are very powerful and may damage the things they are used on:
harsh cleaning chemicals
╾ harsh|ly adverb

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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