harsh Definition

  • 1unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses
  • 2cruel or severe in manner or treatment
  • 3severe or strict in nature

Using harsh: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "harsh" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The harsh winter wind made it difficult to walk outside.

  • Example

    The teacher's harsh criticism of the student's work was demotivating.

  • Example

    The company implemented harsh penalties for employees who broke the rules.

  • Example

    The harsh reality is that not everyone can afford healthcare.

harsh Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for harsh

Phrases with harsh

  • a place or situation that is difficult to live in or deal with because of its extreme conditions


    The desert is a harsh environment for most living creatures.

  • words that are critical, unkind, or hurtful


    She regretted her harsh words to her friend and apologized.

  • a severe punishment or consequence for breaking a rule or law


    The company imposed a harsh penalty on the employee who leaked confidential information.


Summary: harsh in Brief

The term 'harsh' [hɑːʃ] refers to something that is unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses, or cruel and severe in manner or treatment. It can also describe something that is severe or strict in nature. Examples include harsh winter winds, harsh criticism, and harsh penalties for breaking rules. Phrases include 'harsh environment,' 'harsh words,' and 'harsh penalty.'

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