harshness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

harsh +-ness

Noun[edit]

harshness (plural harshnesses)

  1. The quality of being harsh.
    1891 And yet these harshnesses are tenderness itself when compared with the universal harshness out of which they grow; the harshness of the position towards the temperament, of the means towards the aims, of to-day towards yesterday, of hereafter towards to-day. Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Part 6.