H`ARSHNESS, n. Roughness to the touch; opposed to softness and smoothness.1. Sourness; austereness; as the harshness of fruit.2. Roughness to the ear; as the harshness of sound or of a voice, or of verse. 'Tis not enough no harshness gives offense, The sound must seem an echo to the sense.3. Roughness of temper; moroseness; crabbedness; peevishness.4. Roughness in manner or words; severity; as the harshness of reproof.