Synonyms of harsh in English:

harsh


See definition of harsh

adjective

1‘his shrill, harsh voice’

SYNONYMS

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

rare stridulant

ANTONYMS

soft, dulcet

2‘drenched in a harsh white neon light’

SYNONYMS

glaring, bright, dazzling, brilliant

loud, flashy, garish, gaudy, lurid, bold, showy, crude, vulgar

ANTONYMS

subdued

3‘during his harsh rule, thousands were exiled’

SYNONYMS

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

rare suppressive

ANTONYMS

enlightened, kind

4‘politicians are taking harsh measures to clear the homeless from the streets’

SYNONYMS

severe, stringent, firm, austere, punitive, draconian, stiff, cruel, brutal, hard, stern, rigid, rigorous, grim, uncompromising, inflexible

ANTONYMS

lenient

5‘harsh words are exchanged when tempers get frayed’

SYNONYMS

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

ANTONYMS

friendly

6‘the harsh conditions of the refugee camps’

SYNONYMS

austere, grim, spartan, hard, rough, severe, comfortless, inhospitable, stark

bleak, desolate, barren, bitter, wild

ANTONYMS

comfortable

7‘a harsh winter’

SYNONYMS

hard, severe, cold, bitter, bitterly cold, bleak, freezing, icy, icy-cold, arctic, polar, Siberian, glacial, extreme, nasty

ANTONYMS

balmy

8‘harsh cleaners scratch stains away’

SYNONYMS

abrasive, strong, caustic

coarse, rough, bristly, hairy, scratchy

ANTONYMS

mild, smooth