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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harshness, abrasiveness, scratchinessnoun

    the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions

  2. harshness, roughnessnoun

    the quality of being unpleasant (harsh or rough or grating) to the senses

  3. cruelty, cruelness, harshnessnoun

    the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance

  4. severity, severeness, harshness, rigor, rigour, rigorousness, rigourousness, inclemency, hardness, stiffnessnoun

    excessive sternness

    "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"


  1. harshnessnoun

    The quality of being harsh.

    Etymology: harsh +-ness

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harshnessnoun

    the quality or state of being harsh


  1. Harshness

    Harshness, in music information retrieval, is a Non-Contextual Low-Level Audio Descriptors that represents one dimension of the multi-dimensional psychoacoustic feature called as musical timbre. Classical timbre’ NLDs are roughness, spectral centroid, and spectral flux. While harmonicity and inharmonicity can also be considered NLDs, harshness differs from them, as well as from roughness, once it reckons for a distinguished perceptual audio feature expressed by the summary spectral periodicity. This feature is especially clear in single-pitch, single-note, musical audio, where the timbre of two different musical instruments can greatly differ in levels of harshness. As it is supposed to be, harshness is independent of all others NLDs.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of harshness in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of harshness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of harshness in a Sentence

  1. Nick Faldo:

    What happened to Jordan Spieth, it was so sudden, just bam, it was 10 minutes of golf. That's the harshness of it.

  2. Rahm Emanuel:

    I go around this city. I see kids today, a look in their eyes, where the vitality, the hope and the purpose has been stolen from them because of the harshness of this city. It has been robbed from them and we cannot avert our eyes as a city any longer.

  3. Omar Khayyam:

    To friends and eke to foes true kindness show; No kindly heart unkindly deeds will do; Harshness will alienate a bosom friend. And kindness reconcile a deadly foe.

  4. Percy Wynham Lewis:

    Sadistic excess attempts to reach roughly and by harshness what art reaches by fineness.

  5. John Thune:

    People, for whatever reason, get kind of turned off by it, the level of the rhetoric, the harshness of it -- they start gravitating to other candidates.

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