H`ARSH, a.

1. Rough to the touch; rugged; grating; as harsh sand; harsh cloth; opposed to smooth.

2. Sour; rough to the taste; as harsh fruit.

3. Rough to the ear; grating; discordant; jarring; as a harsh sound; harsh notes; a harsh voice.

4. Austere; crabbed; morose; peevish. Civilization softens the harsh temper or nature of man.

5. Rough; rude; abusive; as harsh words; a harsh reflection.

6. Rigorous; severe.

Though harsh the precept, yet the preacher charm'd.