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Dictionary definition for: Harsh

1. (s) unpleasantly stern; "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus" "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"

2. (s) 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"

3. (s) extremely unkind or cruel; "had harsh words" "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"

4. (s) severe; "a harsh penalty"

5. (s) used of circumstances (especially weather) that cause suffering; "brutal weather" "northern winters can be cruel" "a cruel world" "a harsh climate" "a rigorous climate" "unkind winters"

6. (s) sharply disagreeable; rigorous; "the harsh facts of court delays" "an abrasive character"

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