Definition of harshly in English:

harshly

adverb

  • 1In a manner that is unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses.

    ‘the offices are harshly lit by fluorescent lights’
    • ‘A harshly unpleasant note is struck by the video.’
    • ‘The bell sounded, ringing harshly in the quiet classroom.’
    • ‘In a spare and harshly lit military courtroom, prosecutors began their case.’
    • ‘She has produced a series of three photographs in a harshly lit hotel lobby.’
    • ‘The muted, playful tone feels off, contrasting harshly with the mysterious slamming doors and the solemn tune Marianne plucks on the piano.’
    • ‘Three of these songs bear harshly noisy guitar passages.’
    • ‘He explains his desire to unite the two harshly segregated scenes.’
    • ‘The images range from the evocative to the harshly realistic.’
    • ‘She was snapped harshly back to reality by the clatter of overturned toys.’
    • ‘Unlike traditional fluorescent markers, they are very bright and do not bleach if harshly illuminated.’
  • 2In a cruel or severe manner.

    ‘I felt I was harshly treated by the court’
    • ‘They should be fully investigated and harshly punished.’
    • ‘I didn't reply harshly, but I wanted to.’
    • ‘The war correspondent that marines were responding harshly against civilians.’
    • ‘Elizabeth glared harshly at her friend.’
    • ‘It was expected that police would deal harshly with them.’
    • ‘In a harshly worded ruling, the judge said that the company had engaged in illegal practices to use its dominant share in the market against competitors.’
    • ‘Spitting at opponents is disgusting and uncouth and ought to be harshly punished.’
    • ‘We were chided and harshly reprimanded by our own folks.’
    • ‘I was harshly reprimanded and humiliated in front of everyone.’
    • ‘In his lecture, he spoke harshly of journalists who don't believe a newspaper should make a profit.’
    1. 2.1 With an undesirably strong effect.
      ‘the fierce wind blew harshly on to my face’
      ‘the pilot applied the brakes too harshly’
      • ‘The sharp rise of unemployment apparent from the 1970s was particularly harshly felt.’
      • ‘The door leading outside was opened to reveal deep drifts of snow and still more whipping harshly around.’
      • ‘He looked downwards to see his grip had tightened so harshly around the shovel's handle, he cracked it.’
      • ‘Some of her hair had gotten into her face as the wind blew rather harshly.’
      • ‘Adding insult to injury, the wind's still blowing very harshly up here.’
      • ‘We must not wait for external events like climate change to press harshly upon us or even topple us.’
      • ‘Somewhere outside, a cold wind whips harshly through this barren hinterland.’
      • ‘It will be a welcome boost after being harshly hit by the double whammy of global recession and the attack in which one of its New York hotels was severely damaged.’
      • ‘"Building a new house tests a marriage very harshly," she added.’
      • ‘They might buy only a little time before the spending cuts begin to bite harshly.’

Pronunciation

harshly

/ˈhɑːʃli/