Harshness - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈhɑːrʃnəs|  American pronunciation of the word harshness
Brit.  |ˈhɑːʃnəs|  British pronunciation of the word harshness

noun

- the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions (syn: abrasiveness, scratchiness)
- the quality of being harsh or rough or grating to the senses (syn: roughness)
- the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance (syn: cruelness, cruelty)
- excessive sternness(syn: hardness, inclemency, rigor, rigorousness, rigour, rigourousness, severeness, severity, stiffness)

the harshness of his punishment was inhuman

Examples

The climate there is very harsh.

We've had an extremely harsh winter.

It's time for her to face the harsh realities of this situation.

The accident serves as a harsh reminder of the importance of wearing a seat belt.

The lighting in the room was very harsh.

The state has established harsh penalties for drug dealers.

She has been criticized for her harsh treatment of his students.

He was sentenced to a harsh prison term.

He had harsh words for his opponent.

She has faced some extremely harsh criticism.

the harshness of his punishment was inhuman

...the historic cemetery's many tombstones marking the graves of children are telling reminders of the harshness of pioneer life...

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