Barbarous vs Harsh - What's the difference?

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Barbarous is a synonym of harsh.

As adjectives the difference between barbarous and harsh

is that barbarous is not classical or pure while harsh is unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses.

As a verb harsh is

(slang) to negatively criticize.



Alternative forms

* (obsolete) barbarouse


(en adjective)
  • Not classical or pure.
  • uncivilized, uncultured
  • Like a barbarian, especially in sound; noisy, dissonant.
  • I did but prompt the age to quit their cloggs
    By the known rules of antient libertie,
    When strait a barbarous noise environs me
    Of Owles and Cuckoes, Asses, Apes and Doggs - (1673)

    Derived terms

    * barbarously * barbarousness




  • Unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses.
  • Severe or cruel.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=November 5 , author=Phil Dawkes , title=QPR 2 - 3 Man City , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Great news for City, but the result was harsh on Neil Warnock's side who gave as good as they got even though the odds were stacked against them.}}


    * genteel


  • (slang) To negatively criticize.
  • Quit harshing me already, I said that I was sorry!
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  • (slang) to put a damper on (a mood).
  • Dude, you're harshing my buzz.
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  • Synonyms

    * rough

    Derived terms

    * harshly * harshness