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harshest, superlative; harsher, comparative;
Unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses
- drenched in a
white neon light
Cruel or severe
- a time of
(of a climate or conditions) Difficult to survive in; hostile
environment of the desert
(of reality or a fact) Grim and unpalatable
realities of the world news
Having an undesirably strong effect
- she finds soap too
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"
coarse: of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles; "coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave"
unkind or cruel or uncivil; "had harsh words"; "a harsh and unlovable old tyrant"; "a rough answer"
severe; "a harsh penalty"
sharply disagreeable; rigorous; "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character"
To negatively criticize; to put a damper on (a mood); Unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses; Severe or cruel
Acrid. Sensation at the same time bitter and astringent, raspy, and disagreeable. Particularly found in some poor quality robusta coffees. Often due to imperfect beans.
Rough, biting character from excessive tannin or acid.
Used to describe astringent wines that are tannic or high in alcohol.
If a wine is too hard it is said to be harsh. Harshness in a wine, young or old, is a flaw.
Very astringent wines, usually with high alcohol component, often have this rough, rustic taste characteristic. May become more tolerable with ageing but also may not be worth the wait.
Rough, tannic and acid, often a quality of youth.
A hard or green wine will generally soften with age; a harsh wine, because of its excessive astringency, probably will not. 1957 Château Latour comes to mind.
A bitter, raw taste with little strength.
Strong, unpleasant, sharp or "edgy" flavor; also used to describe Rio-y, iodine-like flavor.
A coffee that is hard in flavor.
A negative characteristic describing a bitter, unpleasant, or offensive taste or sensation.
An unpleasantly aggressive or caustic flavor or feeling to the mouth or nose.
Unbalanced wine that is tough on the palate.
Another acidity and tannin adjective, suggesting a high degree of one or the other, or both.
A wine that is excessively hard to the point where it is so tannic that it may never come around.
Very rough in flavor; associated with underwithered teas.
A derogatory term for a wine that lacks balance.
v Anger, infuriate 2001 Oct 26-year-old female Byron GA You are really harshing me with all this homework! You’re harshing me, baby. You are harsh, man.
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