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harsh

adjective uk   /hɑːʃ/ us    /hɑːrʃ/

harsh adjective (UNKIND)

C1 unpleasant, unkind, cruel, or more severe than is necessary: harsh criticism The children had had a harsh upbringing. We thought the punishment was rather harsh for such a minor offence. "There is no alternative," she said in a harsh voice. He said some harsh words (= spoke unkindly) about his brother.Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseSevere

harsh adjective (TOO STRONG)

C1 too strong, bright, loud, etc.: harsh chemicals/lightingThe qualities of colour
harshly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
C2 I thought she'd been treated rather harshly.Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseSevere
harshness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseSevere
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