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  1. Harsh or dissonant sounding
  2. Disagreeable in sound; harsh or dissonant.
  3. (Geology) of a differing type of rock cutting across a formation
Having a harsh, unpleasant sound; discordant.
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  1. Having a harsh, unpleasant sound; discordant.
  2. Containing, consisting of, or producing harsh, unpleasant or discordant sounds.
Harsh and rasping
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  1. Harsh and rasping
  2. Irritating or annoying
Coated with rust, as a metal, or affected with the disease of rust, as a plant
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  1. Coated with rust, as a metal, or affected with the disease of rust, as a plant
  2. Covered with rust; corroded.
  3. Not working freely, easily, or quietly because of, or as if because of, rust; stiff or rasping in operation
Of or pertaining to dissonance.
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  1. Of or pertaining to dissonance.
  2. (Music) Constituting or producing a dissonance.
  3. Harsh and inharmonious in sound; discordant.
Not consonant; disagreeing or clashing
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  1. Not consonant; disagreeing or clashing
  2. Lacking harmony, agreement, or compatibility; discordant.
Loud, harsh, grating, or shrill:
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  1. Loud, harsh, grating, or shrill:
  2. Harsh-sounding; shrill; grating
  3. Characterized by harsh, irritating insistence
Abrupt or acute:
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  1. Abrupt or acute:
  2. Strongly affecting the senses of smell and taste:
  3. Fierce or impetuous; violent:
That jars (clashes or disagrees); incongruous, conflictful.
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  1. That jars (clashes or disagrees); incongruous, conflictful.
Loudly demanding or complaining
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  1. Loudly demanding or complaining
  2. Making or marked by loud outcry or sustained din.
  3. Loud and confused; noisy
Broken into small or coarse pieces:
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  1. Broken into small or coarse pieces:
  2. Broken or fractured, usually without complete separation of parts; having a crack or cracks
  3. Broken so that fissures appear on the surface:
Having a rough, husky voice, esp. temporarily as from irritation of the throat or vocal cords
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  1. Having a rough, husky voice, esp. temporarily as from irritation of the throat or vocal cords
  2. Harsh and grating in sound; sounding rough and husky
  3. Afflicted by a dry, quite harsh voice.
  1. Extremely loud, painfully loud.
  2. So loud as to hurt the ears; deafening
  3. Loud and shrill enough to hurt the ears:
Relating to or characterized by stridor.
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  1. Relating to or characterized by stridor.
  2. Characterized by or making a shrill grating sound or noise.
Not physical balanced; not having physical equilibrium.
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  1. Not physical balanced; not having physical equilibrium.
  2. (Idiomatic, of a person) surprised; perplexed
Full of, characterized by, or accompanied by noise:
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  1. Full of, characterized by, or accompanied by noise:
  2. Making noise:
  3. Making a noise, especially a loud sound; clamorous; vociferous; turbulent; boisterous; as, the noisy crowd.
Unmodulated; monotonous:
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  1. Unmodulated; monotonous:
  2. Not glossy; matte:
  3. Having lost effervescence or sparkle:
Not having the correct or properly produced pitch:
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  1. Not having the correct or properly produced pitch:
  2. Displeased with something one formerly admired or liked; disenchanted:
  3. Having a taste characteristic of that produced by acids; sharp, tart, or tangy.
Deficient in melody; not tuneful.
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  1. Deficient in melody; not tuneful.
  2. Producing no music; silent.
  3. Having no pleasing tune; not tuneful.
Not musical: lacking in musical ability.
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  1. Not musical: lacking in musical ability.
  2. Not skilled or interested in music.
  3. Sounding harsh to the ear; dissonant.
Not quite in accord with what is normal, fitting, etc.
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  1. Not quite in accord with what is normal, fitting, etc.
  2. (Music) pitched inaccurately either above or below the correct note
  3. Not on the right note; flat or sharp
Not appropriate; unsuitable
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  1. Not appropriate; unsuitable
  2. Not compatible or sympathetic, as in character.
  3. Not pleasing; disagreeable
(Medicine) Producing an undesirable effect when used in combination with a particular substance:
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  1. (Medicine) Producing an undesirable effect when used in combination with a particular substance:
  2. That cannot be held at one time by the same person
  3. (Chemistry) Incapable of being together without mutual reaction or decomposition, as certain medicines.
Hoarse; harsh:
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  1. Hoarse; harsh:
  2. Harsh and throaty; hoarse
  3. Hoarse-voiced.
Unpleasant; unattractive
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  1. Unpleasant; unattractive
  2. Not gracious or affable; rude; discourteous; impolite
  3. Not pleasant or acceptable; unattractive.
Not civil; not complaisant; discourteous; impolite; rude; unpolished; as, uncivil behavior.
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Not moving or flexing:
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  1. Not moving or flexing:
  2. Not moving; set
  3. Not bending or flexible; stiff and hard
Without mercy or compassion
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  1. Without mercy or compassion
  2. Not relaxing or slackening, as in effort, speed, etc.
  3. Not relenting; having no pity; not being or becoming lenient, mild, gentle, or merciful; unyielding; inflexibly rigid; hard; stern; cruel.
Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
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  1. Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
  2. Lacking in shade; undiminished:
  3. Stern, strict, or demanding:
Not fine or delicate in texture, structure, form, etc.; rough; harsh
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  1. Not fine or delicate in texture, structure, form, etc.; rough; harsh
  2. Rough, especially to the touch:
  3. Lacking in delicacy or refinement:
Having crags:
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  1. Having crags:
  2. Rugged and uneven:
  3. Characterized by rugged, sharp, or coarse features.
  1. Rigid; unyielding
  2. Bound with rocks and cliffs:
  3. Hard; rigid; unyielding; inflexible
(Computing) Of an array, having a different cardinality in each dimension, such that a representation on paper would appear uneven.
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  1. (Computing) Of an array, having a different cardinality in each dimension, such that a representation on paper would appear uneven.
  2. Unevenly cut; having the texture of something so cut.
  3. Marked by irregular projections and indentations on the edge or surface:
Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken.
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  1. Rent or worn into tatters, or till the texture is broken.
  2. Broken with rough edges; having jags; uneven; rough; jagged.
  3. Rough; shaggy; rugged.
Not perfected, completed, or fully detailed:
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  1. Not perfected, completed, or fully detailed:
  2. Lacking polish or finesse:
  3. Coarse or shaggy to the touch:
Lacking culture or polish; coarse and rude:
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  1. Lacking culture or polish; coarse and rude:
  2. Broken into sharp or irregular points; uneven; not smooth; rough
  3. Having a rough irregular surface:
Dealing with scandalous or salacious material:
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  1. Dealing with scandalous or salacious material:
  2. Rough with small points or knobs, like a file; scaly or scabby
  3. Having or covered with scales or small projections and rough to the touch:
Having ill-matched opponents:
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  1. Having ill-matched opponents:
  2. Not smooth or level:
  3. Not level, smooth, or flat; rough; irregular
Constructed without mortar or cement:
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  1. Constructed without mortar or cement:
  2. No longer yielding liquid, especially milk:
  3. Not shedding tears:
Harsh and rasping
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  1. Harsh and rasping
  2. Irritating or annoying
Having a rough, husky voice, esp. temporarily as from irritation of the throat or vocal cords
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  1. Having a rough, husky voice, esp. temporarily as from irritation of the throat or vocal cords
  2. Harsh and grating in sound; sounding rough and husky
  3. Afflicted by a dry, quite harsh voice.
That jars (clashes or disagrees); incongruous, conflictful.
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  1. That jars (clashes or disagrees); incongruous, conflictful.
Easily irritated
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  1. Easily irritated
  2. (Of sound) Rough, raw, especially used to describe vocal quality.
  3. Rough; grating.
Hoarse; rough-sounding
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  1. Hoarse; rough-sounding
  2. Loud and rowdy
  3. Rough-sounding and harsh:
Coarse or shaggy to the touch:
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  1. Coarse or shaggy to the touch:
  2. Harsh, rude, brutal, etc.; not gentle or mild
  3. Difficult to endure or live through, especially because of harsh or inclement weather:
Making a harsh scratching noise:
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  1. Making a harsh scratching noise:
  2. Harsh and irritating:
  3. Annoying, irritating, itchy.
Making squawking sounds.
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  1. Making squawking sounds.
  2. (Of a sound) Resembling a squawk; raw and grating
Harsh-sounding; shrill; grating
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  1. Harsh-sounding; shrill; grating
  2. Loud, harsh, grating, or shrill:
  3. Characterized by harsh, irritating insistence
Sharp or biting, as in character or expression:
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  1. Sharp or biting, as in character or expression:
  2. Sharp, bitter, or harsh in temper, language, etc.
  3. Sour in taste
Caustic in language or tone:
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  1. Caustic in language or tone:
  2. Bitter or sarcastic in speech, etc.
  3. Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the taste or smell.
Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish, or disappointment:
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  1. Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish, or disappointment:
  2. Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear:
  3. Proceeding from or exhibiting strong animosity:
Having a taste characteristic of that produced by acids; sharp, tart, or tangy.
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  1. Having a taste characteristic of that produced by acids; sharp, tart, or tangy.
  2. Ill-disposed and bitter
  3. Bad-tempered and morose; peevish:
Requiring much effort or attention:
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  1. Requiring much effort or attention:
  2. Requiring others to work hard or meet high expectations:
  3. Making difficult or irksome demands on a person's resources, patience, energy, etc.
Requiring precise accuracy
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  1. Requiring precise accuracy
  2. Demanding great care, patience, effort, etc.; arduous
  3. Making excessive demands; hard to satisfy.
Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
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  1. Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
  2. Lacking in shade; undiminished:
  3. Stern, strict, or demanding:
Scrupulously or severely maintained or performed; rigorous or harsh:
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  1. Scrupulously or severely maintained or performed; rigorous or harsh:
  2. Severe; strict; exacting
  3. Not bending or flexible; stiff and hard
Causing great discomfort, damage, or distress:
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  1. Causing great discomfort, damage, or distress:
  2. Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
  3. Extremely difficult to perform or endure; trying:
Difficult to endure; oppressive:
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  1. Difficult to endure; oppressive:
  2. Hard; severe; unyielding; strict
  3. Hard, harsh, or severe in manner or character:
Conforming completely to established rule, principle, or condition:
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  1. Conforming completely to established rule, principle, or condition:
  2. Not loose or vague; exact or precise:
  3. Perfect; absolute; entire
Very difficult; toilsome
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  1. Very difficult; toilsome
  2. Hard to convince or influence; stubborn
  3. Hard to cut or chew:
Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
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  1. Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
  2. Not giving in; not bending; stubborn.
  3. Not giving way to pressure; hard or inflexible:
Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare:
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  1. Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare:
  2. Strict or severe in discipline; ascetic:
  3. Having a severe or stern look, manner, etc.; forbidding
Providing no encouragement; depressing:
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  1. Providing no encouragement; depressing:
  2. Exposed to wind and cold; unsheltered; treeless; bare
  3. Not promising or hopeful
Sternly obstinate; unyielding:
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  1. Sternly obstinate; unyielding:
  2. Marked by sternness or harshness; forbidding:
  3. (Scot.) Hard; stern; severe
Dealing with unpleasant subjects; frightful; ghastly
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  1. Dealing with unpleasant subjects; frightful; ghastly
  2. Repellent or horrifying:
  3. Hard and unyielding; relentless; stern; resolute
Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
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  1. Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
  2. Lacking in shade; undiminished:
  3. Stern, strict, or demanding:
Causing great discomfort, damage, or distress:
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  1. Causing great discomfort, damage, or distress:
  2. Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
  3. Extremely difficult to perform or endure; trying:
Sharply outlined or prominent
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  1. Sharply outlined or prominent
  2. Complete or utter; extreme:
  3. Severe or unmitigated; harsh or grim:
Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish, or disappointment:
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  1. Resulting from or expressive of severe grief, anguish, or disappointment:
  2. Designating or having a sharp, often unpleasant taste; acrid, as quinine or peach stones
  3. Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear:
Extremely ruthless or cruel.
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  1. Extremely ruthless or cruel.
  2. Like a brute; cruel and unfeeling; savage, violent, ruthless, etc.
  3. Plain and direct, although distressing in effect
Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
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  1. Difficult to endure; causing hardship or suffering:
  2. Lacking in shade; undiminished:
  3. Definite; firm:
Regarded as being risky, dangerous, offensive, etc., often as a result of lacking in conventional social controls
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  1. Regarded as being risky, dangerous, offensive, etc., often as a result of lacking in conventional social controls
  2. Difficult to endure or live through, especially because of harsh or inclement weather:
  3. Difficult to travel over or through:
Causing great discomfort, damage, or distress:
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  1. Causing great discomfort, damage, or distress:
  2. Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
  3. Extremely difficult to perform or endure; trying:
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