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Antonyms for harsh
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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. harsh

    Acid, sour, and bitter agree in being contrasted with sweet, but the two former are sharply distinguished from the latter. Acid or sour is the taste of vinegar or lemon-juice; bitter that of quassia, quinine, or strychnine. Acrid is nearly allied to bitter. Pungent suggests the effect of pepper or snuff on the organs of taste or smell; as, a pungent odor. Caustic indicates the corroding effect of some strong chemical, as nitrate of silver. In a figurative sense, as applied to language or character, these words are very closely allied. We say a sour face, sharp words, bitter complaints, caustic wit, cutting irony, biting sarcasm, a stinging taunt, harsh judgment, a tart reply. Harsh carries the idea of intentional and severe unkindness, bitter of a severity that arises from real or supposed ill treatment. The bitter speech springs from the sore heart. Tart and sharp utterances may not proceed from an intention to wound, but merely from a wit recklessly keen; cutting, stinging, and biting speech indicates more or less of hostile intent, the latter being the more deeply malicious. The caustic utterance is meant to burn, perhaps wholesomely, as in the satire of Juvenal or Cervantes. Compare MOROSE.

    Antonyms:
    dulcet, honeyed, luscious, nectared, saccharine, sweet

    Synonyms:
    acerb, acetous, acid, acidulated, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, biting, bitter, caustic, cutting, irate, pungent, savage, sharp, sour, stinging, tart, vinegarish, virulent

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. harsh

    Antonyms:
    smooth, melodious, lenient, suave, bland, gentle, genial, kindly

    Synonyms:
    rough, grating, severe, sharp, rugged, acrimonious, abusive, soul-jarring, rancorous, rigorous, discordant, gruff

Princeton's WordNet

  1. harsh, roughadjective

    unpleasantly stern

    "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"

    Antonyms:
    light, pleasant, agreeable, kind

    Synonyms:
    bumpy, approximative, rough, raspy, jolting, pugnacious, jolty, crude, gravelly, rocky, coarse, fierce, abrasive, scratchy, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

  2. harshadjective

    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"

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, light, agreeable, kind

    Synonyms:
    rough, coarse, abrasive

  3. coarse, harshadjective

    of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

    "coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave"

    Antonyms:
    kind, pleasant, agreeable, light

    Synonyms:
    coarse, rough-cut, vulgar, uncouth, abrasive, rough, common

  4. harsh, roughadjective

    unkind or cruel or uncivil

    "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer"

    Antonyms:
    kind, light, pleasant, agreeable

    Synonyms:
    bumpy, approximative, rough, raspy, jolting, pugnacious, jolty, crude, gravelly, rocky, coarse, fierce, abrasive, scratchy, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

  5. harshadjective

    severe

    "a harsh penalty"

    Antonyms:
    kind, light, pleasant, agreeable

    Synonyms:
    rough, coarse, abrasive

  6. harsh, abrasiveadjective

    sharply disagreeable; rigorous

    "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, kind, light, agreeable

    Synonyms:
    rough, coarse, abrasive, scratchy

How to use harsh in a sentence?

  1. Vikrant Parsai:

    Harsh words are like a boll, it doesn’t stick to the wall, but it will surely leave a mark.

  2. William Spindler:

    If we don't take the necessary action, we fear that more people will die because ... of the harsh conditions of winter in Europe. We have already seen a number of shipwrecks off Greece and we are afraid that people might also die from exposure on the way between Greece and central and northern Europe.

  3. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius:

    They are extremely harsh. Hungary is part of Europe, which has values and we do not respect those value by putting up fences.

  4. Sonia Sotomayor:

    Our democracy rests on the ability of all individuals, regardless of race, income, or status, to exercise their right to vote, communities that are disproportionately affected by unnecessarily harsh registration laws should not tolerate efforts to marginalize their influence in the political process, nor should allies who recognize blatant unfairness stand idly by.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    World is full of fools who have eyes that can't see the cruel reality but believe in widespread lies; ears that can't hear the harsh truths but consistent fake news; closed mind which is selfishly blind that can't find the crude facts of life.

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