harshness

Definitions of harshness
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n the quality of being unpleasant (harsh or rough or grating) to the senses

Synonyms:
roughness
Types:
gruffness, hoarseness, huskiness
a throaty harshness
Type of:
unpleasantness
the quality of giving displeasure

n the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions

Synonyms:
abrasiveness, scratchiness
Type of:
raggedness, roughness
a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven

n the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance

Synonyms:
cruelness, cruelty
Types:
brutality, ferociousness, savagery, viciousness
the trait of extreme cruelty
murderousness
cruelty evidence by a capability to commit murder
Type of:
malevolence, malevolency, malice
the quality of threatening evil

n excessive sternness

“the harshness of his punishment was inhuman”
Synonyms:
hardness, inclemency, rigor, rigorousness, rigour, rigourousness, severeness, severity, stiffness
Type of:
sternness, strictness
uncompromising resolution

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