harshness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

harsh +‎ -ness

Noun[edit]

harshness (countable and uncountable, plural harshnesses)

  1. The quality of being harsh.
    • 1891, Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Part 6:
      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.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter 2:
      She wakened in sharp panic, bewildered by the grotesquerie of some half-remembered dream in contrast with the harshness of inclement fact, drowsily realising that since she had fallen asleep it had come on to rain smartly out of a shrouded sky.