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Meaning & Definition of Harshness in English

English

Harshness

/hɑrʃnəs/

noun

1. The roughness of a substance that causes abrasions

    synonym:
  • harshness
  • ,
  • abrasiveness
  • ,
  • scratchiness

2. The quality of being unpleasant (harsh or rough or grating) to the senses

    synonym:
  • harshness
  • ,
  • roughness

3. The quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance

    synonym:
  • cruelty
  • ,
  • cruelness
  • ,
  • harshness

4. Excessive sternness

  • "Severity of character"
  • "The harshness of his punishment was inhuman"
  • "The rigors of boot camp"
    synonym:
  • severity
  • ,
  • severeness
  • ,
  • harshness
  • ,
  • rigor
  • ,
  • rigour
  • ,
  • rigorousness
  • ,
  • rigourousness
  • ,
  • inclemency
  • ,
  • hardness
  • ,
  • stiffness