1. [ noun ] the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions
Synonyms: scratchiness abrasiveness
Related terms: roughness
2. [ noun ] the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
Synonyms: cruelty cruelness
Related terms: malevolence ferociousness murderousness
3. [ noun ] (music) harsh or rough to the ear
Synonyms: roughness
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"

Related terms: sternness
Similar spelling:   Harkness