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harsh
American English: /hɑrʃ/
British English: /hɑːʃ/

Translation of harsh in Spanish:

adjective

  • 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)
    Example sentences
    • 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
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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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