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.
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,