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From harsh +‎ -ly.

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Adverb

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harshly (comparative harshlier or more harshly, superlative harshliest or most harshly)

  1. In a harsh manner; severely.
    • 1819 July 15, [Lord Byron], Don Juan, London: [] Thomas Davison, [], →OCLC, canto I, stanza 193:
      Yet, if I name my guilt, 't is not to boast, / None can deem harshlier of me than I deem [...].
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter VII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      The turmoil went on—no rest, no peace. [] It was nearly eleven o'clock now, and he strolled out again. In the little fair created by the costers' barrows the evening only seemed beginning; and the naphtha flares made one's eyes ache, the men's voices grated harshly, and the girls' faces saddened one.

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