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- 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
And for the future, he declares, the harshness is again inevitable: though the writer admits that social progress (including of course female suffrage, which he does not mention) is largely due to peace.
I think the real cause of this online harshness is BECAUSE it is anonymous.
I've done the same with Ambassador John Bolton frequently -- but beyond just reading his remarks, I try to listen to Bolton who despite some of his harshness is occasionally being flippant, or humorous, or answering complex questions in a roundabout way -- and that is what I feel Levy did in this case.
Such harshness is a curious contrast with the leniency which advised the creditor to remit debts by way of alms.
Now, separated as we are by long stretches of land and of sea from various parts of the Empire, our interest is apt to weaken; and perhaps sometimes by harshness from the one to the other, or by what we may regard as rebuffs, or lack of sympathy, our affection is apt at times to wane.
Every insult that we offer and every throb of pain resulting from unnecessary harshness, is adding to the feeling in China and Japan that is accumulating into hatred and contempt, and into a revenge that will eventually come unless we can do something to stop it, and that is the miracle to which I have already referred.
The governor, though I liked him not, was a most personable man with much grace of manner, which had additional value from a certain harshness of feature which led one not to expect such suavity, and he was clad most richly in such a dazzle of gold broidery and fling of yellow laces, and glitter of buttons, as could not be surpassed.
Now, again, the harshness is softened, and the focus shifts to Coleridge’s positive attributes.
The lips were full, yet possessed of the firmness, almost harshness, which is characteristic of thin lips.
Because of this, the idea of harshness on the body to achieve higher states of consciousness came into existence.