|1.||[ noun ] the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions|
|2.||[ noun ] the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance|
|Related terms:||malevolence ferociousness murderousness|
|3.||[ noun ] (music) harsh or rough to the ear|
|Related terms:||timbre gruffness|
|4.||[ noun ] excessive sternness|
|Synonyms:||inclemency hardness stiffness rigor rigour severity|
"severity of character" "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman" "the rigors of boot camp"