Student Thesaurus

One entry found for harsh.
Entry Word: harsh
Function: adjective
Text: 1 difficult to endure <harsh conditions in the refugee camp>
Synonyms bitter, brutal, burdensome, cruel, excruciating, grievous, grim, hard, heavy, inhuman, murderous, onerous, oppressive, rough, rugged, severe, stiff, tough, trying
Related Words austere, bleak, comfortless, discomforting, forbidding, hostile, inhospitable, Spartan, uncomfortable; biting, inclement, intemperate; rigorous, strict, stringent; agonizing, heartbreaking, heartrending, painful, wretched; crushing, grinding, overwhelming, wearing; insufferable, insupportable, intolerable, unbearable, unendurable; harrowing, tortuous; bad, disagreeable, hostile, unfriendly, unpleasant
Near Antonyms comfortable, cozy, luxurious, snug; agreeable, friendly, genial, hospitable, pleasant; peaceful, relaxing, reposeful, restful; bearable, endurable, painless, tolerable; balmy, calm, clement, gentle, mild, moderate, temperate
Antonyms easy, light, soft
2 disagreeable to one's aesthetic or artistic sense <the harsh lighting in the cafeteria makes the food look slightly off-color>
Synonyms grating, grotesque, jarring, unaesthetic
Related Words flashy, garish, gaudy, loud, tawdry; tacky, tasteless, vulgar; inartistic, unartistic; artless, clumsy, crude, graceless, inelegant, rude; uncouth, uncultured, unrefined; disgusting, gross, obscene, repugnant, repulsive, ugly; disagreeable, jolting, unpleasant, unpleasing; blaring, clashing, discordant, dissonant, inharmonious, off-key, jangling, raspy, raucous, unharmonious, unmelodious, unmusical; bizarre, kinky, odd, outlandish, shocking
Near Antonyms artful, artistic; attractive, beautiful, becoming, comely; agreeable, appealing, felicitous, good, harmonious, harmonizing, pleasing, seemly; calming, comforting, soothing; softened, subdued; cultured, elegant, graceful, gracious, polished, refined, tasteful
Antonyms aesthetic (or esthetic)
3 causing discomfort <the harsh northern climate> -- see UNCOMFORTABLE 1
4 given to exacting standards of discipline and self-restraint <a harsh judge when it comes to drug users and especially drug pushers> -- see SEVERE 1
5 hard to accept or bear especially emotionally <the harsh reality of failure> <harsh words of criticism from her favorite teacher> -- see BITTER 2