Learner's definition of HARSH
[also more harsh; most harsh]
1 a : unpleasant and difficult to accept or experience
b : having an unpleasant or harmful effect because of great strength or force: too intense or powerful
The climate there is very harsh.
We've had an extremely harsh winter.
a harsh environment
It's time for her to face the harsh realities of this situation.
The accident serves as a harsh reminder of the importance of wearing a seat belt.
a harsh [=shrill] whistle/voice
The lighting in the room was very harsh.
2 a : severe or cruel: not kind
b : very critical: strongly negative
a harsh disciplinarian
The state has established harsh penalties for drug dealers.
She has been criticized for her harsh treatment of his students.
He was sentenced to a harsh prison term.
He had harsh words for his opponent.
She has faced some extremely harsh criticism.
He has been one of her harshest critics.
— harshlyadverb,[more harshly; most harshly]