Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being harsh.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being harsh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or condition of being harsh.
  • n. Synonyms Asperity, etc. (see acrimony); austerity, churlishness, rigor, roughness, bluntness, hardness, sternness, cruelty, rudeness; discordance, dissonance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. excessive sternness
  • n. the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions
  • n. the quality of being unpleasant (harsh or rough or grating) to the senses
  • n. the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance

Etymologies

harsh +-ness (Wiktionary)

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