Synonyms of harsh in English:

harsh


See definition of harsh

adjective

1‘his shrill, harsh voice’

SYNONYMS
grating, jarring, grinding, rasping, raspy, strident, raucous, brassy, jangling, metallic, ear-piercing, discordant, dissonant, disagreeable, unharmonious, cacophonous, unmelodious
screeching, shrill, tinny, squeaky, squawking
rough, coarse, guttural, hoarse, gruff, croaky, croaking, growly, growling
rare stridulant
ANTONYMS

soft, dulcet

2‘drenched in a harsh white neon light’

SYNONYMS
glaring, bright, dazzling, brilliant
loud, flashy, garish, gaudy, lurid, bold, showy, crude, vulgar
ANTONYMS

subdued

3‘during his harsh rule, thousands were exiled’

SYNONYMS
cruel, severe, savage, barbarous, despotic, dictatorial, tyrannical, tyrannous, ruthless, merciless, pitiless, relentless, unrelenting, hard, strict, intolerant, illiberal
hard-hearted, heartless, unkind, inhuman, inhumane, unfeeling, unsympathetic, unmerciful, unpitying
rare suppressive
ANTONYMS

enlightened, kind

4‘politicians are taking harsh measures to clear the homeless from the streets’

SYNONYMS
severe, stringent, firm, austere, punitive, draconian, stiff, cruel, brutal, hard, stern, rigid, rigorous, grim, uncompromising, inflexible
ANTONYMS

lenient

5‘harsh words are exchanged when tempers get frayed’

SYNONYMS
rude, discourteous, uncivil, impolite, unfriendly, sharp, acerbic, bitter, abusive, unkind, disparaging
abrupt, brusque, blunt, curt, gruff, short, surly, ungracious, disrespectful, ill-mannered, bad-mannered, offhand
ANTONYMS

friendly

6‘the harsh conditions of the refugee camps’

SYNONYMS
austere, grim, spartan, hard, rough, severe, comfortless, inhospitable, stark
bleak, desolate, barren, bitter, wild
ANTONYMS

comfortable

7‘a harsh winter’

SYNONYMS
hard, severe, cold, bitter, bitterly cold, bleak, freezing, icy, icy-cold, arctic, polar, Siberian, glacial, extreme, nasty
ANTONYMS

balmy

8‘harsh cleaners scratch stains away’

SYNONYMS
abrasive, strong, caustic
coarse, rough, bristly, hairy, scratchy
ANTONYMS

mild, smooth