Synonyms for harsh

Synonyms for (adjective) harsh

Synonyms: abrasive, harsh

Definition: sharply disagreeable; rigorous

Usage: the harsh facts of court delays; an abrasive character

Similar words: disagreeable

Definition: not to your liking

Usage: a disagreeable situation


Synonyms: harsh

Definition: severe

Usage: a harsh penalty

Similar words: heavy

Definition: unusually great in degree or quantity or number

Usage: heavy taxes; a heavy fine; heavy casualties; heavy losses; heavy rain; heavy traffic


Synonyms: harsh, rough

Definition: unkind or cruel or uncivil

Usage: had harsh words; a harsh and unlovable old tyrant; a rough answer

Similar words: unkind

Definition: lacking kindness

Usage: a thoughtless and unkind remark; the unkindest cut of all


Synonyms: harsh, rough

Definition: unpleasantly stern

Usage: wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus; the nomad life is rough and hazardous

Similar words: unpleasant

Definition: disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings

Usage: an unpleasant personality; unpleasant repercussions; unpleasant odors


Synonyms: harsh

Definition: disagreeable to the senses

Usage: 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

Similar words: unpleasant

Definition: disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings

Usage: an unpleasant personality; unpleasant repercussions; unpleasant odors


Synonyms: harsh, coarse

Definition: of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

Usage: coarse meal; coarse sand; a coarse weave

Similar words: coarse-grained, large-grained

Definition: not having a fine texture

Usage: coarse-grained wood; large-grained sand


Similar words: mealy, grainy, granular, granulose, gritty, farinaceous, coarse-grained

Definition: composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency

Usage: granular sugar; the photographs were grainy and indistinct; it left a mealy residue


Similar words: granulated

Definition: made grainy or formed into granules

Usage: granulated sugar


Similar words: plush-like, plushy

Definition: (of textures) resembling plush


Similar words: open, loose

Definition: (of textures) full of small openings or gaps

Usage: an open texture; a loose weave