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Synonyms for harshhɑrʃ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harsh, rough(adj)

    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, harsh, abrasive, scratchy, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    Antonyms:
    light, pleasant, agreeable, kind

  2. harsh(adj)

    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, harsh(adj)

    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, harsh

    Antonyms:
    kind, pleasant, agreeable, light

  4. harsh, rough(adj)

    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, harsh, abrasive, scratchy, jumpy, boisterous, grating, approximate, unsmooth, uncut, rasping

    Antonyms:
    kind, light, pleasant, agreeable

  5. harsh(adj)

    severe

    "a harsh penalty"

    Synonyms:
    rough, coarse, abrasive

    Antonyms:
    kind, light, pleasant, agreeable

  6. harsh, abrasive(adj)

    sharply disagreeable; rigorous

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

    Synonyms:
    rough, coarse, abrasive, scratchy, harsh

    Antonyms:
    pleasant, kind, light, agreeable

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. harsh(a.)

    Synonyms:
    rough

  2. harsh(a.)

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

  3. harsh(a.)

    Synonyms:
    grating, discordant, jarring

  4. harsh(a.)

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

  5. harsh(a.)

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


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