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Definition 1: of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where harsh or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • coarse meal
  • coarse sand
  • a coarse weave

Synonyms for harsh in the sense of this definition

(harsh is similar to ...) not having a fine texture

"coarse-grained wood" "large-grained sand"

(harsh is similar to ...) composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency

"granular sugar" "the photographs were grainy and indistinct" "it left a mealy residue"

(harsh is similar to ...) made grainy or formed into granules

"granulated sugar"

(harsh is similar to ...) (of textures) resembling plush

(harsh is similar to ...) (of textures) full of small openings or gaps

"an open texture" "a loose weave"

(means also ...) having or caused by an irregular surface

"trees with rough bark" "rough ground" "rough skin" "rough blankets" "his unsmooth face"

(... are attributes of harsh) the feel of a surface or a fabric

"the wall had a smooth texture"

Definition 2: sharply disagreeable; rigorous - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where harsh or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the harsh facts of court delays
  • an abrasive character

Synonyms for harsh in the sense of this definition

(harsh is similar to ...) not to your liking

"a disagreeable situation"

Definition 3: severe - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where harsh or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a harsh penalty

(harsh is similar to ...) unusually great in degree or quantity or number

"heavy taxes" "a heavy fine" "heavy casualties" "heavy losses" "heavy rain" "heavy traffic"

Definition 4: unkind or cruel or uncivil - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where harsh or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • had harsh words
  • a harsh and unlovable old tyrant
  • a rough answer

Synonyms for harsh in the sense of this definition

(harsh is similar to ...) lacking kindness

"a thoughtless and unkind remark" "the unkindest cut of all"

Definition 5: unpleasantly stern - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where harsh or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for harsh in the sense of this definition

(harsh is similar to ...) offensive or disagreeable; causing discomfort or unhappiness

"an unpleasant personality" "unpleasant repercussions" "unpleasant odors"

Definition 6: unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where harsh or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(harsh is similar to ...) offensive or disagreeable; causing discomfort or unhappiness

"an unpleasant personality" "unpleasant repercussions" "unpleasant odors"

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