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Harsh
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This clue has been rated as VERY COMMON
We've rated Harsh as VERY COMMON as it is a very popular clue with cruciverbalists.

29 November 2021
Last seen in: Irish Independent - Simple

We found 34 answers for the crossword clue 'Harsh', the most recent of which was seen in the Irish Independent - Simple.

We've seen this clue in both CRYPTIC and NON-CRYPTIC crossword publications.

We have given Harsh a popularity rating of 'Very Common' because it has featured in a numerous crossword publications and has multiple answers.

As well as being a clue we've also seen Harsh as an answer itself some 139 times.

Harsh is a single word clue made up of 5 letters.

We most recently saw this clue in 'Irish Independent - Simple' on Thursday, 11 November 2021 with the answer being SEVERE, we also found SEVERE to be the most popular answer for this clue.

We've seen this clue in the following publications:

Definitions and usage

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  • Sharply disagreeable; rigorous; "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"
  • Unpleasantly stern; "wild and harsh country full of hot sand and cactus"; "the nomad life is rough and hazardous"
  • Disagreeable to the senses; "the harsh cry of a blue jay"; "harsh cognac"; "the harsh white light makes you screw up your eyes"; "harsh irritating smoke filled the hallway"
  • Of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles; "coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave"
  • Severe; "a harsh penalty"
  • Unkind or cruel or uncivil; "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer"

Crossword Answers

4 Letters

DOUR
Stubbornly unyielding; "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion"

GRIM
Shockingly repellent; inspiring horror; "ghastly wounds"; "the grim aftermath of the bombing"; "the grim task of burying the victims"; "a grisly murder"; "gruesome evidence of human sacrifice"; "macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages"; "macabre tortures conceived by madmen"

5 Letters

ACERB
Harsh or corrosive in tone; "an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments"; "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter words"; "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique"

CRUEL
(of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks"

GRUFF
Deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion; "gruff voices"; "the dog's gruff barking"; "hoarse cries"; "makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky"- Virgil Thomson

ROUGH
Of the margin of a leaf shape; having the edge cut or fringed or scalloped

STARK
Completely; "stark mad"; "mouth stark open"

STERN
Of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; "an austere expression"; "a stern face"

STONY
Showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings; "his flinty gaze"; "the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart"

6 Letters

BITTER chris roberson
The taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth

BRUTAL
Disagreeably direct and precise; "he spoke with brutal honesty"

COARSE
Lacking refinement or cultivation or taste; "he had coarse manners but a first-rate mind"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "an untutored and uncouth human being"; "an uncouth soldier--a real tough guy"; "appealing to the vulgar taste for violence"; "the vulgar display of the newly rich"

SAVAGE
A cruelly rapacious person

SEVERE
Causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a life-threatening disease"

STRICT
Rigidly accurate; allowing no deviation from a standard; "rigorous application of the law"; "a strict vegetarian"

UNKIND
Lacking kindness; "a thoughtless and unkind remark"; "the unkindest cut of all"

7 Letters

AUSTERE
Of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect; "an austere expression"; "a stern face"

CAUSTIC
Any chemical substance that burns or destroys living tissue

GRATING
Optical device consisting of a surface with many parallel grooves in it; disperses a beam of light (or other electromagnetic radiation) into its wavelengths to produce its spectrum

JARRING
Making or causing a harsh and irritating sound; "the jarring noise of the iron gate scraping on the sidewalk"

RAUCOUS
Disturbing the public peace; loud and rough; "a raucous party"; "rowdy teenagers"

8 Letters

ABRASIVE
Sharply disagreeable; rigorous; "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"

DESOLATE
Leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; "The mother deserted her children"

EXACTING
Requiring precise accuracy; "an exacting job"; "became more exigent over his pronunciation"

STRIDENT
Conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry; "blatant radios"; "a clamorous uproar"; "strident demands"; "a vociferous mob"

9 Letters

DRACONIAN
Of or relating to Draco or his harsh code of laws; "Draconian measures"

INCLEMENT
(of weather or climate) severe

STRINGENT
Demanding strict attention to rules and procedures; "rigorous discipline"; "tight security"; "stringent safety measures"

10 Letters

ASTRINGENT
A drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals

DISCORDANT
Not in agreement or harmony; "views discordant with present-day ideas"

IRRITATING
Causing physical discomfort; "bites of black flies are more than irritating; they can be very painful"

TYRANNICAL
Marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior; "the oppressive government"; "oppressive laws"; "a tyrannical parent"; "tyrannous disregard of human rights"

11 Letters

UNFORGIVING
Not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty; "grim determination"; "grim necessity"; "Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty"; "relentless persecution"; "the stern demands of parenthood"

13 Letters

UNSYMPATHETIC chris roberson
Not agreeing with your tastes or expectations; "found the task disagreeable and decided to abandon it"; "a job temperamentally unsympathetic to him"

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