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  • s  unpleasantly stern
    wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus
  • s  disagreeable to the senses
    the harsh cry of a blue jay
    harsh cognac
    the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes
    harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway
  • a  of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
  • s  unkind or cruel or uncivil
    had harsh words
    a harsh and unlovable old tyrant
  • s  severe
    a harsh penalty
  • s  sharply disagreeable; rigorous
    the harsh facts of court delays

  • In an exclusive interview with PTI, the Venezuelan leader defends his harsh rhetoricand adds some more.
  • He's the special agent who came in from the cold and waded straight into the debate over the use of harsh interrogation techniques.
  • After years of delay, the CIA declassified a raft of documents Monday, with lots of detail about the Bush Administrations harsh treatment of detainees following the September 11 .
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  • Raymond Domenech in Toronto Star
    I feel sad for all the fans and everyone who supports the French team,said Domenech. "It's the hard and harsh reality of our situation. So I have a genuine sense of sadness."
  • John Kamm in Washington Post
    This is a very harsh sentence. It's a very sad day for justice in China,said John Kamm, an American human rights campaigner whom the State Department turned to for help last year to lobby for Xue's release. "It's a huge disappointment and...
  • Maria Cantwell in Christian Science Monitor
    Cantwell said that flaws displayed by the Italian justice system included "the harsh treatment of Ms. Knox following her arrest; negligent handling of evidence by investigators; and pending charges of misconduct against one of the prosecutors...

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