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having a noticeably sharp pungent taste or smell

rigorous and unsparing in treating others

cold and forbidding

causing sharp, often prolonged discomfort

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unpleasantly stern

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disagreeable to the senses

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of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

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unkind or cruel or uncivil

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severe

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sharply disagreeable

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An thou likest not my clothes," said Robin in a harsh voice like that of Guy of Gisbourne, "thou mayst shut thine eyes.
Then the big pipes are filled and lighted, and the pleasant chat goes round in musical undertone; while, in the pauses of our talk, the river, playing round the boat, prattles strange old tales and secrets, sings low the old child's song that it has sung so many thousand years - will sing so many thousand years to come, before its voice grows harsh and old - a song that we, who have learnt to love its changing face, who have so often nestled on its yielding bosom, think, somehow, we understand, though we could not tell you in mere words the story that we listen to.
He was used to the harsh callousness of factory girls and working women.
And he shouted harsh words after the bear, and waved his arms about, and made much noise.
She heard the voices of the wounded men raised in feeble remonstrance, and the harsh command of the foreign officers bidding them be silent.
At times the Carrancha is noisy, but is not generally so: its cry is loud, very harsh and peculiar, and may be likened to the sound of the Spanish guttural g, followed by a rough double r r; when uttering this cry it elevates its head higher and higher, till at last, with its beak wide open, the crown almost touches the lower part of the back.
They are noisy, uttering several harsh cries, one of which is like that of the English rook, hence the sealers always call them rooks.
And do you not also think, as I do, that the harsh feeling which the many entertain towards philosophy originates in the pretenders, who rush in uninvited, and are always abusing them, and finding fault with them, who make persons instead of things the theme of their conversation?
I saw few human beings besides them, and if any other happened to enter the cottage, their harsh manners and rude gait only enhanced to me the superior accomplishments of my friends.
My organs were indeed harsh, but supple; and although my voice was very unlike the soft music of their tones, yet I pronounced such words as I understood with tolerable ease.
She slightly moved her hand in his and felt the harsh contact of his teamster callouses.
Sikes spoke in the very harshest key of a very harsh voice; but, appearing to entertain some unaccountable objection to having his throat cut, he remained where he was, and growled more fiercely than before: at the same time grasping the end of the poker between his teeth, and biting at it like a wild beast.
Opposite him, engaged in stirring the fire with the toe of his right boot, was a coarse, vulgar young man of about thirty, with a sallow face and harsh voice; evidently possessed of that knowledge of the world, and captivating freedom of manner, which is to be acquired in public-house parlours, and at low billiard tables.
The FQE grades are intended to meet long-term reliability for automotive component performance under a harsh environment, with high heat and chemical contact.
The detainee alleged that he was confined under extremely harsh conditions, that he was placed in solitary confinement and locked in an extremely small closet-sized space, with minimal contact with other human beings for a prolonged time that exceeded 500 days.