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harsh

Synonyms of harsh in English:

adjective

  • 1 a harsh voice
    grating, jarring, rasping, strident, raucous, brassy, discordant, unharmonious, unmelodious;
    screeching, shrill;
    rough, coarse, hoarse, gruff, croaky
    [Antonyms] soft, dulcet
  • 2 harsh colors
    glaring, bright, dazzling;
    [Antonyms] subdued
  • 3 his harsh rule over them
    cruel, savage, barbarous, despotic, dictatorial, tyrannical, tyrannous;
    severe, strict, intolerant, illiberal, iron-fisted;
    hard-hearted, heartless, unkind, inhuman, inhumane
    [Antonyms] kind, enlightened
  • 4 they took harsh measures to end the crisis
    severe, stringent, draconian, firm, stiff, hard, stern, rigorous, grim, uncompromising;
    punitive, cruel, brutal
    [Antonyms] lenient
  • 5 harsh words
    rude, discourteous, uncivil, impolite;
    unfriendly, sharp, bitter, abusive, unkind, disparaging;
    [Antonyms] friendly
  • 6 harsh conditions
    austere, grim, spartan, hard, comfortless, inhospitable, stark, bleak, desolate
    [Antonyms] comfortable
  • 7 a harsh winter
    hard, severe, cold, bitter, bleak, freezing, icy;
    arctic, polar, Siberian
    [Antonyms] balmy, mild
  • 8 harsh detergents
    abrasive, strong, caustic;
    coarse, rough
    [Antonyms] gentle, mild
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