Harsh

Harsh

(hrsh), a. [Compar. Harsher (hrsh"r); superl. Harshest.] [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. hrsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.] 1. Rough; disagreeable; grating; esp.: (a) disagreeable to the touch. "Harsh sand." Boyle. (b) disagreeable to the taste. "Berries harsh and crude." Milton. (c) disagreeable to the ear. "Harsh din." Milton.
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2. Unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough.
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Clarence is so harsh, so blunt.
Shak.
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Though harsh the precept, yet the preacher charmed.
Dryden.
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3. (Painting, Drawing, etc.) Having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony.
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