Origin of harsh
Examples from the Web for harshness
Simply stated, the harshness of the elements conspires to help, rather than hinder, the lucky few.
“This is not a future of harshness but of bespoke details,” production designer K.K. Barrett recently explained.
But did he expect the harshness of the criticism from the like of Fox News?Dad: Why I Let My 18-Month-Old Daughter Play With Gorillas|Tom Sykes|September 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The bullet fee well symbolizes the harshness of a brutal police state that cloaks itself in the trappings of religion.
Across the lowland it drifted to me, losing all harshness in its coming, and falling in pleasing cadences upon the air.A Maid of the Kentucky Hills|Edwin Carlile Litsey
He tried to peer deep into his daughter for a moment, his inflamed face relaxing neither in its harshness nor its doubt of her.Children of the Whirlwind|Leroy Scott
In cases, as for instance the ancient Lycians, the men were treated with harshness and abuse.Folkways|William Graham Sumner
Have you come like all the rest to upbraid me for my harshness—to cry out his virtues to me?The Idol of The Blind|Tom Gallon
At low water this digue is visible, and remains a memorial of the cruelty and harshness of the tyrant priest who ruled France.Barn and the Pyrenees|Louisa Stuart Costello
British Dictionary definitions for harshness
Word Origin for harsh
Word Origin and History for harshness (1 of 2)
originally of texture, "hairy," 1530s, probably from harske "rough, coarse, sour" (c.1300), a northern word of Scandinavian origin (cf. Danish and Norwegian harsk "rancid, rank"), related to Middle Low German harsch "rough, raw," German harst "a rake;" perhaps from PIE root *kars- "to scrape, scratch, rub, card" (cf. Lithuanian karsiu "to comb," Old Church Slavonic krasta, Russian korosta "to itch," Latin carduus "thistle," Sanskrit kasati "rubs, scratches"). Meaning "offensive to feelings" is from 1570s; "disagreeable, rude" from 1610s.