harsh ADJECTIVE 1) unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses. 2) cruel or severe. 3) (of climate or conditions) difficult to survive in; hostile.
DERIVATIVES harshen verb harshly adverb harshness noun.
ORIGIN Low German harsch 'rough' , from haer 'hair' .

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