Basic+ Word of the Day: harsh

harsh (adjective) LISTEN

Harsh weather

Harsh means ‘unpleasant and severe.’

  • The captives received harsh treatment.
  • When Justin moved out of his parents' house, he discovered the harsh reality of living on his own.
  • When the teacher used harsh words, the child cried.

Harsh also means ‘uncomfortable or irritating to the senses.’

  • Alice got a rash when she used that harsh detergent to wash her clothes.
  • Wool is too harsh a fabric for a baby's sensitive skin.

In pop culture

Harsh Times is a movie about an unstable war veteran in Los Angeles who gets a job with the Department of Homeland Security. What could go wrong? Watch the trailer.

There are other meanings of harsh.

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