Definition of harshness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhɑːʃnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːrʃnəs//
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  1. 1the quality of being cruel, severe and unkind The staff have been treated with undue harshness.
  2. 2the quality in weather or living conditions of being very difficult and unpleasant to live in the harshness of life on the streets
  3. 3the quality of being too strong and bright; the quality of being ugly or unpleasant to look at The harshness of the Queensland sun was of concern to the visitors.
  4. 4the quality of being unpleasant to listen to The engine is designed for reduced noise, vibration and harshness.
  5. 5the quality of being too strong and rough and likely to damage something The tobacco industry adds flavours to relieve the harshness of the smoke.