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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Harsh·ness, n. 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.   --Shak.
 '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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions [syn: abrasiveness,
      2: harsh or rough to the ear [syn: roughness]
      3: the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
         [syn: cruelty, cruelness]
      4: excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness
         of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
         [syn: severity, rigor, rigour, inclemency, hardness,