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"Western religions are typified by hardship and austerity stemming from a harsh desert climate, while Eastern religions are characterized by abundance of low-hanging fruit in lush forests and valleys." --J. W. Geerinck

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  1. unpleasantly rough to the touch or other senses
  2. severe or cruel

Etymology

From Middle English, from Middle Low German harsch (“rough”), literally "hairy," from haer (“hair”).



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