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[ hahrsh ]SEE DEFINITION OF harsher
  • adj.rough, crude (to the senses)
  • adj.nasty, abusive

Synonyms for harsher

  • bitter
  • bleak
  • grim
  • hard
  • rigid
  • severe
  • sharp
  • strident
  • coarse
  • acrid
  • asperous
  • astringent
  • cacophonous
  • caterwauling
  • clashing
  • cracked
  • craggy
  • creaking
  • croaking
  • disagreeing
  • discordant
  • dissonant
  • disturbing
  • earsplitting
  • flat
  • glaring
  • grating
  • guttural
  • hoarse
  • incompatible
  • jagged
  • jangling
  • jarring
  • noisy
  • not smooth
  • off-key
  • out-of-key
  • out-of-tune
  • rasping
  • raucous
  • rugged
  • rusty
  • screeching
  • sour
  • stridulous
  • tuneless
  • uneven
  • unlevel
  • unmelodious
  • unmusical
  • unrelenting

Antonyms for harsher

  • bland
  • bright
  • calm
  • cheerful
  • easy
  • facile
  • flexible
  • kind
  • low
  • mild
  • moderate
  • nice
  • pleasant
  • pliable
  • pliant
  • soft
  • sunny
  • yielding
  • courteous
  • gentle
  • peaceful
  • pleasing
  • polite
  • smooth
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The brute in him urged him as madly in his desire as it did in his harsher tempers.

And here his voice grew louder and harsher, and with a ring of defiance in it.

Calavius was furious and paused, as if to give orders for harsher repression.

There were angry encounters in which harsh words and harsher blows were struck.

His chuckle was harsher this time, and had the ring of truth.

"Nay, she will be under a different and a harsher master," said the Roman.

"Your enemies might find some harsher name for it," said Astley with a sneer.

He remembered her outburst of that night and interpreted it in a harsher sense than he had ever done.

This outbreak only made slavery at Rome harder and harsher than before.

But all that the peasants know is that his land-agents are harsher.


originally of texture, "hairy," 1530s, probably from harske "rough, coarse, sour" (c.1300), a northern word of Scandinavian origin (cf. Danish and Norwegian harsk "rancid, rank"), related to Middle Low German harsch "rough, raw," German harst "a rake;" perhaps from PIE root *kars- "to scrape, scratch, rub, card" (cf. Lithuanian karsiu "to comb," Old Church Slavonic krasta, Russian korosta "to itch," Latin carduus "thistle," Sanskrit kasati "rubs, scratches"). Meaning "offensive to feelings" is from 1570s; "disagreeable, rude" from 1610s.