Harshness Harsh"ness, n. The quality or state of being harsh. [1913 Webster]

O, she is Ten times more gentle than her father's crabbed, And he's composed of harshness. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

'Tis not enough no harshness gives offense, The sound must seem an echo to the sense. --Pope.

Syn: Acrimony; roughness; sternness; asperity; tartness. See {Acrimony}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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