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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Harsh \Harsh\ (h[aum]rsh), a. [Compar. Harsher (h[aum]rsh"[~e]r); superl. Harshest.] [OE. harsk; akin to G. harsch, Dan. harsk rancid, Sw. h[aum]rsk; from the same source as E. hard. See Hard, a.] 1. Rough; disagreeable; grating; esp.: (a) disagreeable to the touch. "Harsh sand." --Boyle. (b) disagreeable to the taste. "Berries harsh and crude." --Milton. (c) disagreeable to the ear. "Harsh din." --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough. [1913 Webster] Clarence is so harsh, so blunt. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Though harsh the precept, yet the preacher charmed. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. (Painting, Drawing, etc.) Having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony. [1913 Webster]