harsh

adjective

Definitions of harsh

  • severe, cruel or unkind

    "Opposition politicians have been subjected to harsh penalties for organising protests against the governing regime."

Phrase Bank for harsh

  • Harsh punishment may deter (= prevent) crime.

  • The government rejected charges by prisoners that conditions are harsh.

  • He was subjected to harsh treatment.

  • The company came under particularly harsh criticism for failing to fix the defective goods.

  • Some crimes justify harsh criminal penalties.

Additional Notes for harsh

  • harshly (adverb)

  • harshness (noun)