One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object Make unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses.‘‘Right,’ I said, harshening my tone’
2Make or become more cruel or severe.with object ‘legislation that will harshen sentences for petty crimes’no object ‘his words harshened, admonishing those who live a double life’
- 2.1no object (of a climate or conditions) become more difficult to survive in.‘rivers run dry, climate harshens and pollution spreads’
- 2.2with object Have an undesirably strong effect on.‘the atmosphere harshens colour’
- 2.1no object (of a climate or conditions) become more difficult to survive in.
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