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asperate

[as-puh-reyt]
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verb (used with object), as·per·at·ed, as·per·at·ing.
  1. to make rough, harsh, or uneven: a voice asperated by violent emotion.
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Origin of asperate

First recorded in 1650–60, asperate is from the Latin word asperātus (past participle of asperāre). See asper2, -ate1
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  • But in the ordinary life there in my time there was little to "asperate" the douceur.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2

    George Saintsbury


British Dictionary definitions for asperate

asperate

asperous (ˈæspərəs)

adjective
  1. (of plant parts) having a rough surface due to a covering of short stiff hairs
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Word Origin and History for asperate

v.

1650s, "make rough," from Latin asperatus, past participle of asperare "to roughen, make rough, exasperate," from asper "rough" (see asperity). Related: Asperated; asperating.

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