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Synonyms for harsh
hɑrʃharsh

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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.

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. harsh

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

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

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"

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

    Antonyms:
    light, pleasant, agreeable, kind

  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"

    Synonyms:
    rough, coarse, abrasive

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, light, agreeable, kind

  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"

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

    Antonyms:
    kind, pleasant, agreeable, light

  4. harsh, roughadjective

    unkind or cruel or uncivil

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

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

    Antonyms:
    kind, light, pleasant, agreeable

  5. harshadjective

    severe

    "a harsh penalty"

    Synonyms:
    rough, coarse, abrasive

    Antonyms:
    kind, light, pleasant, agreeable

  6. harsh, abrasiveadjective

    sharply disagreeable; rigorous

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

    Synonyms:
    rough, coarse, abrasive, scratchy

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, kind, light, agreeable

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. harshadjective

    Synonyms:
    rough

  2. harshadjective

    Synonyms:
    sour, acrid, tart, crabbed, hard, biting, sharp, caustic, corrosive

  3. harshadjective

    Synonyms:
    grating, discordant, jarring

  4. harshadjective

    Synonyms:
    crabbed, morose, stern, severe, austere, acrimonious, ill-tempered, out of humor, out of temper

  5. harshadjective

    Synonyms:
    rude, uncivil, bluff, blunt, gruff, ungracious, churlish, bearish, brutal

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How to use harsh in a sentence?

  1. Norma Garcia-Lopez:

    My message contained harsh language — no threats.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If a man gives you a harsh winter, give him back something unexpected: The warm spring!

  3. Richard Nixon:

    No president in history has been more vilified or was more vilivied during the time he was President than Lincoln. Those who knew him, his secretaries, have written that he was deeply hurt by what was said about him and drawn about him, but on the other hand, Lincoln had the great strength of character never to display it, always able to stand tall and strong and firm no matter how harsh or unfair the criticism might be. These elements of greatness, of course, inspire us all today.

  4. Salman Rushdie:

    The French satirical tradition has always been very pointed and very harsh, and still is, you know, the thing that I really resent is the way in which these, our dead comrades ... who died using the same implement that I use, which is a pen or pencil, have been almost immediately vilified and called racists and I don't know what else.

  5. Vital Nshimirimana:

    We ask the international community to follow closely the situation in Burundi in order to stop the harsh reprisal against protesters, civil society activists and opposition leaders.


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