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noun as in crudity

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The oil and gas industry has found itself under a harsh spotlight as concern over climate change increases across the world.

From Vox

Cord cutting hasn’t had as harsh an impact on cable TV providers, however, because most are also among the top providers of broadband home Internet service.

From Fortune

As small communities, new research shows, some bacteria can withstand that harsh environment.

It was a tongue-in-cheek attempt to make a point about the harsh tone of the negotiations in Washington.

This was particularly exacerbated when India went into an over two-month harsh lockdown on March 25, one of the strictest in the world.

From Quartz

Simply stated, the harshness of the elements conspires to help, rather than hinder, the lucky few.

“This is not a future of harshness but of bespoke details,” production designer K.K. Barrett recently explained.

The sweetness cuts through the usual harshness of Vodka and leaves a cinnamon taste on the tongue.

His skill as a guitarist was obscured by the deliberate harshness and sharp edge that characterize heavy metal.

But did he expect the harshness of the criticism from the like of Fox News?

His avarice was disgusting beyond words, and with avarice went a tendency to underhand dealing, harshness, and malice.

But wise and successful as were his methods, the glory of his rule was darkened by his harshness and greed.

Mr. D., accustomed to unrestrained license of tongue, retorted with great asperity, and much harshness of language.

He does not like children, and is satisfied to have Amy back, and is trying to atone for his former harshness.

A positive attitude is good, and should be encouraged, but harshness ought never to be used.


On this page you'll find 29 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to harshness, such as: brutality, cruelty, acerbity, anger, sternness, and tyranny.

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