Translation of harsh in Spanish:

harsh

Pronunciation: /hɑːrʃ; hɑːʃ/

adjective/adjetivo

  • 1.1 [punishment] duro, severo; [words/conditions] duro don't be too harsh with him no seas demasiado duro con él the harsh realities of life la cruel realidad (de la vida)
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    • They were strict, cruel, harsh and made you feel guilty very easily.
    • As far as he was concerned, it was society that was cruel, harsh and utterly ruthless to children who were alone and orphaned.
    • Robbins's disciplinarianism won him a reputation as a harsh and cruel taskmaster.
    1.2 [light] crudo, fuerte; [climate] riguroso; [contrast] violento; [color] chillón; [sound] discordante
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    • The walls were painted a serene light yellow, even though the bright white lights lit the room in such a harsh, unforgiving light.
    • His attempt to shout to the last row makes his voice unpleasantly harsh.
    • After the gentle, sensuous vowels of Latin-American, this language sounds harsh, cruel, authoritarian.
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    • The Chinese character refers to a kind of plant that can survive in harsh conditions and it also sounds the same as ‘difficult’ in Chinese.
    • It has proven to be fully adaptable to its habitat, well-suited to survive in harsh climates with their tough hide and wily brain.
    • Bulbs have evolved to survive in harsh climates, to withstand winter cold, or summer drought, or both.
    1.3 (rough) [tone/texture] áspero

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.