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1 harshness

The roughness of a substance that causes abrasions.

synonyms: abrasiveness, scratchiness.

Roget 414: discord, discordance; dissonance, cacophony, want of harmony, caterwauling; harshness etc. 410.    [Confused sounds], Babel, Dutch concert, cat's concert; marrowbones and cleavers.    ... show more

2 harshness

The quality of being harsh or rough or grating to the senses.

synonym: roughness.

3 harshness

The quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance.

synonyms: cruelness, cruelty.

Polish: bezwzględność, okrucieństwo

4 harshness

Excessive sternness:
— The harshness of his punishment was inhuman.

synonyms: hardness, inclemency, rigor, rigorousness, rigour, rigourousness, severeness, severity, stiffness.

Roget 171: energy, physical energy, force, power etc. 157; keenness etc. adj.; intensity, vigor, strength, elasticity; go; ... show more

Roget 739: severity; strictness, harshness etc. adj.; rigor, stringency, austerity; inclemency etc. (pitilessness) 914.1; arrogance etc. ... show more

Dutch: gestrengheid, strengheid
Polish: srogość, surowość

Moby thesaurus: Babel, Gothicism, Spartanism, abominability, abruptness, acerbity, acidity, acidulousness, acridity, acrimony, acuteness, aggressiveness, animality, aphonia, artificial voice, asperity, astringency, atrocity, austerity, authoritarianism ... show more.

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