1. [noun] the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions
    Synonyms: abrasiveness, scratchiness

  2. [noun] harsh or rough to the ear
    Synonyms: roughness

  3. [noun] the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
    Synonyms: cruelty, cruelness

  4. [noun] excessive sternness; "severity of character"; "the harshness of his punishment was inhuman"; "the rigors of boot camp"
    Synonyms: severity, rigor, rigour, inclemency, hardness, stiffness


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