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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harshlyadverb

    in a harsh or unkind manner

    "`That's enough!,' he cut in harshly"

  2. gratingly, raspingly, harshlyadverb

    in a harsh and grating manner

    "her voice fell gratingly on our ears"


  1. harshlyadverb

    In a harsh manner; severely.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Harshlyadjective

    Etymology: from harsh.

    ’Till, like ripe fruit, thou drop
    Into thy mother’s lap; or be with ease
    Gather’d, not harshly pluck’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    I would rather he was a man of a rough temper, that would treat me harshly, than of an effeminate nature. Addison.

    My wife is in a wayward mood to-day:
    I tell you, ’twould sound harshly in her ears. William Shakespeare.

    Get from him why he puts on this confusion,
    Grating so harshly all his days of quiet
    With turbulent and dang’rous lunacy. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    A hollow groan, a murm’ring wind arose;
    The rings of iron that on the doors were hung,
    Sent out a jarring sound, and harshly rung. John Dryden, Fables.


  1. harshly

    Harshly refers to behaving or acting in a severe, cruel, or extremely critical way, often characterized by intense negativity or sternness. It can also refer to things that are unpleasantly rough, jarring to the senses, or cause discomfort.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harshlyadverb

    in a harsh manner; gratingly; roughly; rudely

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harshly in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harshly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of harshly in a Sentence

  1. David Meyer:

    When protesters wear helmets or gas masks, it almost always leads to police feeling threatened and reacting more harshly. Do cars do that, too ? I don't know.

  2. David Turner:

    What we’ve seen in 2017 and 2018 is a high level of enthusiasm among Democratic voters, pawlenty is eerily similar to Ed Gillespie in Virginia. Both had harshly criticized President Trump in the past and lobbied for Wall Street. Now, Pawlenty is coming back to Minnesota and—like Gillespie—doesn’t know how to deal with the current Trump Republican party.

  3. Mawlavi Abdullah Mohammad:

    We [ act ] with accordance to Sharia law, firstly, we inform people about good deeds. We preach to them and deliver the message to them in a nice way ; the second time we repeat to them, again ; the third time we speak to them slightly harshly.

  4. Frank Sesno:

    Under the social media microscope this will be much tougher because most every viewer, reader, listener will be judging — many in real time, it's a daunting news agenda, but the public is tuned in and amped up. News organizations will be judged quickly and harshly.

  5. Hasan Cemal:

    Erdogan has to date never held a real press conference, because he never wished to take and answer questions from those opposing him ... Even the coup leaders including Evren held press conferences, i harshly criticized Turgut Ozal. He still allowed me on his plane for trips, invited us to his press conferences and engaged in fiery debates with me and other opposition journalists. Even the second-class democracy of those times was better than today.

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