The quality or state of being harsh.
O, she is
Ten times more gentle than her father 's crabbed,
And he's composed of harshness.
'Tis not enough no harshness gives offense,
The sound must seem an echo to the sense.
Syn. -- Acrimony; roughness; sternness; asperity; tartness. See Acrimony.
© Webster 1913.