Synonyms for harshness:
Other synonyms and related words:
awkwardness, ruggedness, mercilessness, hardship, asperity, inclemency, Acrimoniousness, bitterness, poignance, inclementness, poignancy, choppiness, bite, tartness, insensibility, cogency, rough water, inflexibility, bad weather, acrimony, oppression, moroseness, crudeness, rancor, rowdiness, cruelty, disorderliness, virulence, brutality, acridness, rigidness, pitilessness, rigor, austereness, cruelness, callousness, raggedness, rudeness, gracelessness, rigour, exactingness, malignity, indentation, unkindness, edge, stiffness, callosity, acidity, rigidity, pungency, unfeelingness, sourness, Acidness, badness, rowdyism, coarseness, pitting, acridity, validity, inhuman treatment, severeness, ruthlessness, abrasiveness, clumsiness.
Sense 2 (noun)
brawl, difference, contention, Discordancy, altercation, dissidence, clash, hassle, disharmony, disagreement, feud, friction, squabble, dissension, collision, hubbub, strife, animosity, riot, antipathy, squall, antagonism, warfare, conflict, hostility, imbroglio, dissonance, row, commotion, clamor, enmity, cacophony, discord, tension.
complexity, roughness, adversity, wearisomeness, ordeal, ticklishness, tightness, fussiness, hardness, formidability, stressfulness, toughness, contrariness, knottiness, cantankerousness, arduousness, wearying, cumbersomeness, complication, trickiness, difficulty, strenuousness, onerousness.
brusqueness, gruffness, crudeness.
austerity, correctness, coolness, matter-of-factness, abruptness, grimness, bluntness, meticulousness, dryness, crispness, keenness, leanness, starkness, frostiness, briskness, preciseness, strictness, acerbity, severity, astringency, sternness, acuteness, causticity, chilliness, oppressiveness, rigorousness, gruffness, sharpness, brusqueness, bleakness, intensity, authoritarianism, discipline, stringency.
Usage examples for harshness:
- Perhaps that explains his harshness. - "Molly Bawn", Margaret Wolfe Hamilton.
- " Nancy," he says, gravely, but in a tone whose gentleness takes all harshness from the words, " you are talking nonsense, and you know as well as I do that you are!" - "Nancy A Novel", Rhoda Broughton.
- She felt that he needed cruelty and harshness for his small life in order to preserve love and patience for the great life. - "The Goose Man", Jacob Wassermann.