harshness harshness  /ˈhɑrʃ nəs/


  1. (n) the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions
  2. (n) the quality of being unpleasant (harsh or rough or grating) to the senses
  3. (n) the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
  4. (n) excessive sternness


  1. I found him unwilling to show any harshness.
  2. Uruguayan wine producers find ways of reducing the Tannat grape's typical harshness.
  3. Adams was rewarded for his harshness on this issue and others by losing the election of 1800 to Thomas Jefferson, who understood Gallatin well enough to make him Treasury Secretary.


  • President-elect Rohani addresses Iranians

    Iranian president-elect Hassan Rohani has told Iranians: "I will remain faithful to the promises I made to you." ISNA reports that the winner of the presidential race announced to the public: "This is the victory of wisdom, the victory of moderation, the victory of growth and awareness, the victory of religious commitment over extremism and harshness."
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Payvand Iran News


  1. "Maybe the harshness of politics has spread to other realms," said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. "I guess you could say it's open season on anybody in public life."
    on Apr 26, 2008 By: Larry Sabato Source: FOXNews

  2. Asked about the report, Bush said: "The first I heard of this is when I read it in the newspaper. I guess I was taken aback by the harshness of the words."
    on Sep 22, 2006 By: President Bush Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "Australia has achieved and preserved that wonderful balance by shunning the harshness of the American social security system that leaves too many people out in the cold, it has avoided the ultra-paternalism of the European social security system...
    on Nov 21, 2007 By: John Howard Source: The Age

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