• WordNet 3.6
    • n harshness excessive sternness "severity of character","the harshness of his punishment was inhuman","the rigors of boot camp"
    • n harshness the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
    • n harshness the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions
    • n harshness the quality of being unpleasant (harsh or rough or grating) to the senses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Michelangelo's Last Judgment, which hangs on the walls of the Sistine Chapel, drew some harsh criticism from one of the Vatican's officials because of the nudity. So Michelangelo made some changes to his work: he painted in the face of the complaining clergyman and added a donkey's ears and a snake's tail.
    • n Harshness The quality or state of being harsh. "O, she is
      Ten times more gentle than her father's crabbed,
      And he's composed of harshness ."
      "'Tis not enough no harshness gives offense,
      The sound must seem an echo to the sense."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the Renaissance blond hair became so much de rigueur in Venice that a brunette was not to be seen except among the working classes. Venetian women spent hours dyeing and burnishing their hair until they achieved the harsh metallic glitter that was considered a necessity.
    • n harshness The quality or condition of being harsh.
    • n harshness Synonyms Asperity, etc. (see acrimony); austerity, churlishness, rigor, roughness, bluntness, hardness, sternness, cruelty, rudeness; discordance, dissonance.
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  • Claude A. Helvetius
    Claude A. Helvetius
    “Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.”
  • Virgil
    “Harsh necessity, and the newness of my kingdom, force me to do such things and to guard my frontiers everywhere.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “No cause has he to say his doom is harsh, who's made the master of his destiny.”
  • Terence
    “What harsh judges fathers are to all young men!”
  • H.G. Wells
    “Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “A pleasant illusion is better than a harsh reality.”


In literature:

The man into whose care Emile was given, was a harsh man, and gave the youth no rest from his severe discipline.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
Loose indentures and harsh laws put them at the mercy of their masters.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
Harsh (rough) = maldolcxa.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
She had the ways of a child petted all its life through, that a harsh word would frighten to annihilation.
"Guy Livingstone;" by George A. Lawrence
He is even harsh towards her; I have heard him scold her when she has committed no fault.
"The Poison Tree" by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
There was a weary astonishment and amusement in her tone, but nothing whatever disturbed or harsh.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
As we reached the top of the ladder, somebody began to call harshly, startlingly.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Another cursed harshly and withdrew a step from the table.
"The Harbor Master" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Mrs. Field responded with a harsh outburst that fairly made her start back.
"Jane Field" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Nevertheless I felt it incumbent to speak somewhat harshly to the yet sulking sectary for such untimely uproar.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish

In poetry:

Harsh complaints and words unkind
To each and all in turn addressed,
For pain, with searching hand, will find
A bitter drop in every in breast.
"Plough And Loom" by Ernest Jones
To him are lost Hope's Siren-accents,
Harsh are those spirit-waking strains ;
On his lorn mind no morning opens,
There a night of sadness reigns.
"The Last Adieu" by Laura Sophia Temple
Back to where long quiets brood,
Where the calm is never stirred
By the harshness of a word,
But instead the singing bird
Sweetens all my solitude.
"St. Mary's" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Beware, harsh man and heartless woman!
Beneath you swells a threatening flood;
If you and yours remain inhuman,
It yet may drown you in your blood.
"Bird Slaughter" by John Lawson Stoddard
Once more the Bay of the Isles they found
They heard the bell of the chapel sound,
And the chant of the dying sung
In the harsh, wild Indian tongue.
"The Bay Of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier
White fields, that are winter-starved,
Black woods, that are winter-fraught,
Cold, harsh as a face death-carved
With the iron of some black thought.
"Snow" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Two approaches -- one harsh economic reality.
Longhorns defense steps up with huge game after week of harsh criticism.
Harsh criticism of police chief out of line, Brown Deer legislators say.
Streets unusually harsh on Modesto family.
Trenton Water Works settlement could be harsh on Hamilton.
Why does everybody gotta harsh on the Rock Cafe's buzz.
Penn State's GC was criticized too harshly for her role in the Sandusky scandal.
Nothing good comes of judging others harshly .
Obama's Libya fiasco will be harshly judged.
Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall says Hawes treated harshly .
Romney Speaks Harshly but Treads Fine Line on Foreign Policy.
Non-contact inductive linear sensors for harsh environments.
There is a moment in every episode of the new TLC network cooking show " Inedible to Incredible" in which the host tells an enthusiastic, well-meaning -- but otherwise delusional -- home cook these harsh words.
A Mike Wallace interview was often harsh, unsympathetic even.
Howard Stern has been reprimanded by an NBC executive over some harsh words for Jay Leno.

In science:

However, beginning in the 1930s, it became clear that “harsh” cutoff functions like χ[ε,x+ε] are no more useful from a technical point of view than the type of test functions we allow in (1.12).
Automorphic Distributions, L-functions, and Voronoi Summation for GL(3)
Given that most low-mass stars are born in OB associations (McKee & Williams 1997), it is important to study disk evolution in such harsh environments.
The Masses of the Orion Proplyds from Submillimeter Dust Emission
This is reasonable result since the more harsh we swing the carrier frequency, the wider the spectrum should be. Ω determines the repetition rate, i.e. density (degree of fine-tooth) of the comb.
Analysis on the effect of technical fluctuations on laser lineshape
Values of n which are too small lead to comparably harsh coarse-grained potentials which, in turn, give rise to packing effects that are not related to the structure of the underlying atomistic systems.
Biological and synthetic membranes: What can be learned from a coarse-grained description?
The harshly repulsive interactions at short distances are taken into account by imposing the common incompressibility condition φA (z ) + φB (z ) + φW (z ) = 1, where φA,B ,W (z ) are local volume fractions of the tail, head, and water segments, respectively.
Biological and synthetic membranes: What can be learned from a coarse-grained description?