Harsh
Harsh Harsh (h[aum]rsh), a. [Compar. {Harsher} (h[aum]rsh"[~e]r); superl. {Harshest}.] [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. h["a]rsk; from the same source as E. hard. See {Hard}, a.] 1. Rough; disagreeable; grating; esp.: (a) disagreeable to the touch. ``Harsh sand.'' --Boyle. (b) disagreeable to the taste. ``Berries harsh and crude.'' --Milton. (c) disagreeable to the ear. ``Harsh din.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough. [1913 Webster]

Clarence is so harsh, so blunt. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Though harsh the precept, yet the preacher charmed. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. (Painting, Drawing, etc.) Having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony. [1913 Webster]


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