Definition of harshly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːʃli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrʃli//
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  1. 1in a cruel, severe and unkind way She was treated very harshly. Alec laughed harshly. His findings have been harshly criticized by fellow scientists. opposite gently (1)
  2. 2in a way that is too strong and bright; in a way that is ugly or unpleasant to look at harshly lit supermarkets opposite softly
  3. 3in a way that is unpleasant to listen to The bell sounded, ringing harshly in the quiet classroom.
  4. 4in a way that is too strong and rough and likely to damage something The shovel scraped harshly over the floor. opposite gently