[ adjective ] unpleasantly stern
"wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus" "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"
Used in print(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)
All_too often our language is unduly harsh .(Booton Herndon, "From Custer to Korea, The 7th Cavalry"...)
But when a board of inquiry was called to look_into the charges of cowardice made against him , the men who had seen Reno leave the battlefield and the officer who had heard Reno suggest that the wounded be left to be tortured by the Sioux , refused to say a harsh word against him .
[ adjective ] disagreeable to the senses
"the harsh cry of a blue jay" "harsh cognac" "the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes" "harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway"
Used in print(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
The South 's antipathy to Northern civilization includes such charges as poor manners , harsh accents , lack of appreciation of the arts of living like gastronomy and the use of leisure .
[ adjective ] extremely unkind or cruel
"had harsh words" "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"
[ adjective ] severe
"a harsh penalty"
[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 9962