Harsh

Definition of Harsh

Pronunciation: härsh
a.1.Rough; disagreeable; grating
2.Unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough.
Clarence is so harsh, so blunt.
- Shak.
Though harsh the precept, yet the preacher charmed.
- Dryden.
3.(Painting, Drawing, etc.) Having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony.

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