Definitions of harshness:
  • noun:   the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions
  • noun:   harsh or rough to the ear
  • noun:   excessive sternness
    Example: "The harshness of his punishment was inhuman"
  • noun:   the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance

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