from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make or become harsh.

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  • v. To make, or to become harsh

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render harsh; make hard and rough.
  • To render peevish, morose, or austere.

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

  • v. make harsh or harsher


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  • (He rewrote Ghosts -- at age 85, mind you -- with loads of obscenities to harshen the inter-familial accusations even more, and drew out the final death scene, as McNulty beautifully describes it, to "near blinding Oedipal apotheosis.")

    Garrett Eisler: Bergman on Stage

  • I refuse to let the hate get on me lest it change my natural charm and harshen my fluffy self.


  • At times their voices did harshen and escalate, though never, it seemed, into full-blown argument, just mild jeers or teasing mixed with bouts of adolescent jostling, all of which Vincent, ten paces removed from the cusp of their circle, found vaguely distracting.

    Heaven Lake

  • Not the great sorrows of life, or its great sacrifices, but fretfulness, ignoble worries, sordid cares, are that which draw lines upon a woman's face and harshen her features.

    The History of Sir Richard Calmady A Romance


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