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1‘his shrill, harsh voice’
grating, jarring, grinding, rasping, raspy, strident, raucous, brassy, jangling, metallic, ear-piercing, discordant, dissonant, disagreeable, unharmonious, cacophonous, unmelodious
screeching, shrill, tinny, squeaky, squawking
rough, coarse, guttural, hoarse, gruff, croaky, croaking, growly, growling
2‘drenched in a harsh white neon light’
glaring, bright, dazzling, brilliant
loud, flashy, garish, gaudy, lurid, bold, showy, crude, vulgar
3‘during his harsh rule, thousands were exiled’
cruel, severe, savage, barbarous, despotic, dictatorial, tyrannical, tyrannous, ruthless, merciless, pitiless, relentless, unrelenting, hard, strict, intolerant, illiberal
hard-hearted, heartless, unkind, inhuman, inhumane, unfeeling, unsympathetic, unmerciful, unpitying
4‘politicians are taking harsh measures to clear the homeless from the streets’
severe, stringent, firm, austere, punitive, draconian, stiff, cruel, brutal, hard, stern, rigid, rigorous, grim, uncompromising, inflexible
5‘harsh words are exchanged when tempers get frayed’
rude, discourteous, uncivil, impolite, unfriendly, sharp, acerbic, bitter, abusive, unkind, disparaging
abrupt, brusque, blunt, curt, gruff, short, surly, ungracious, disrespectful, ill-mannered, bad-mannered, offhand
6‘the harsh conditions of the refugee camps’
austere, grim, spartan, hard, rough, severe, comfortless, inhospitable, stark
bleak, desolate, barren, bitter, wild
7‘a harsh winter’
hard, severe, cold, bitter, bitterly cold, bleak, freezing, icy, icy-cold, arctic, polar, Siberian, glacial, extreme, nasty
8‘harsh cleaners scratch stains away’
abrasive, strong, caustic
coarse, rough, bristly, hairy, scratchy
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