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  • n. Plural form of harshness.


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  • Caused generally by the harshnesses and stupidities of unmediated capitalism and Toryism.

    Guardian Hippy Decca Aitkenhead: Move Over Darling

  • If I were to see it, will it not shock me so much, that my apparent grief may expose me to harshnesses? —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The preliminary discomforts and harshnesses, which generally make the first days of a sea voyage so cheerless and trying to the temper, being somehow lived through, the succeeding days passed pleasantly enough.

    The Voyage Out

  • Rekha's curse; and after that, verses in a language he did not understand, all harshnesses and sibilance, in which he thought he made out, but maybe not, the repeated name _Al-Lat_.

    The Satanic Verses

  • The conditions about him seemed beyond his remedy, and, like many others, he retired from a sinful world to the harshnesses and austerity of a hermit's life.

    Peter the Hermit A Tale of Enthusiasm

  • Mr. Walpole himself says: -- "We have given the true model of gardening to the world: let other countries mimic or corrupt our taste; but let it reign here on its verdant throne, original by its elegant simplicity, and proud of no other art than that of softening nature's harshnesses, and copying her graceful touch."

    On the Portraits of English Authors on Gardening, with Biographical Notices of Them, 2nd edition, with considerable additions

  • In the indistinct light, just enough to stimulate and keep in active play the imagination, softening away all those harshnesses which the garish brilliancy of day discloses, and inviting the mind to supply with its own creations what is vague and deficient, the village presented an appearance more attractive, if possible, than by day.

    The Lost Hunter A Tale of Early Times

  • The scholar and the educator found within their walls not only peaceful escape from the harshnesses of political change and military broil, but the opportunity to labor usefully and unmolested in the occupation that pleased them most.

    Horace and His Influence

  • The jerks, the breaks, the inequalities and harshnesses of prose are fatal to the flow of a poetical imagination, as a jolting road or a stumbling horse disturbs the reverie of an absent man.

    English literary criticism

  • Society cannot attain to a culture which tends to soften the harshnesses of existence, without leisure in which to develop that culture.

    Burned Bridges


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