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.
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.
(Painting, Drawing, etc.) Having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony.
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