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Another word for harsh

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Adjective
  1. Having a surface that is not smooth

    See also:

    smooth

  2. Disagreeable to the sense of hearing

    See also:

    sounds

  3. Having a noticeably sharp pungent taste or smell

      1. Having a taste characteristic of that produced by acids; sharp, tart, or tangy.
      2. Made acid or rancid by fermentation.
      3. Having the characteristics of fermentation or rancidity; tasting or smelling of decay.
      1. Having or being a taste that is sharp, acrid, and unpleasant.
      2. Causing a sharply unpleasant, painful, or stinging sensation; harsh:
      3. Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear:
      1. Unpleasantly sharp, pungent, or bitter to the taste or smell.
      2. Caustic in language or tone:
      1. Sour or bitter tasting; acid.
      2. Sharp or biting, as in character or expression:
    See also:

    taste

  4. Rigorous and unsparing in treating others

      1. Not giving way to pressure; hard or inflexible:
      2. Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
      3. Not willing to change or be persuaded; resolute:
      1. Able to withstand great strain without tearing or breaking; strong and resilient:
      2. Hard to cut or chew:
      3. Physically hardy; rugged:
      1. Rigorous in the imposition of discipline:
      2. Conforming completely to established rule, principle, or condition:
      3. Requiring close observance or demanding in expectations:
      1. Hard, harsh, or severe in manner or character:
      2. Showing or expressing displeasure or disapproval; forbidding or harsh:
      3. Firm or unyielding; uncompromising:
      1. Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
      2. Marked by or requiring strict adherence to rigorous standards or high principles:
      3. Stern or forbidding, as in manner or appearance:
      1. Not flexible or pliant; stiff:
      2. Not moving or flexing:
      3. Not changing or adjusting to different conditions or problems:
      1. Resistant to pressure; not readily penetrated; firm or solid:
      2. Well protected from an attack, as by aerial bombardment:
      3. Requiring great effort or endurance:
      1. Making severe demands; rigorous:
      2. Requiring great care, effort, or attention:
      1. Requiring much effort or attention:
      2. Requiring others to work hard or meet high expectations:
    See also:

    easy

  5. Cold and forbidding

      1. Clearly distinguished or delineated:
      2. Bare, desolate, or unadorned:
      3. Severe or unmitigated; harsh or grim:
      1. Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
      2. Marked by or requiring strict adherence to rigorous standards or high principles:
      3. Stern or forbidding, as in manner or appearance:
      1. Resistant to pressure; not readily penetrated; firm or solid:
      2. Well protected from an attack, as by aerial bombardment:
      3. Requiring great effort or endurance:
      1. Discouraging or depressing:
      2. Dismal; gloomy:
      3. Stern or forbidding:
      1. Marked by sternness or harshness; forbidding:
      2. Silently ill-humored; gloomy:
      3. Sternly obstinate; unyielding:
      1. Gloomy and somber:
      2. Providing no encouragement; depressing:
      3. Cold and cutting; raw:
      1. Severe or stern in disposition or appearance; somber and grave:
      2. Strict or severe in discipline; ascetic:
      3. Having no adornment or ornamentation; bare:
  6. Causing sharp, often prolonged discomfort

      1. Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
      2. Marked by or requiring strict adherence to rigorous standards or high principles:
      3. Stern or forbidding, as in manner or appearance:
      1. Having a surface marked by irregularities, protuberances, or ridges; not smooth:
      2. Coarse or shaggy to the touch:
      3. Difficult to travel over or through:
      1. Resistant to pressure; not readily penetrated; firm or solid:
      2. Well protected from an attack, as by aerial bombardment:
      3. Requiring great effort or endurance:
      1. Extremely ruthless or cruel.
      2. Crude or unfeeling in manner or speech.
      3. Harsh; unrelenting:
      1. Having or being a taste that is sharp, acrid, and unpleasant.
      2. Causing a sharply unpleasant, painful, or stinging sensation; harsh:
      3. Difficult or distasteful to accept, admit, or bear:
    See also:

    comfort

Another word for harsh

Modifier
  1. Inharmonious

  2. Discourteous

  3. Severe