- harshness or sharpness of tone, temper, or manner; severity; acrimony: The cause of her anger did not warrant such asperity.
- hardship; difficulty; rigor: the asperities of polar weather.
- roughness of surface; unevenness.
- something rough or harsh.
Origin of asperity
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Examples from the Web for asperity
He looked at the president when the president spoke, and his expression revealed no asperity or disdain.Why Obama Lost
October 4, 2012
"I've not the slightest doubt of that," returned the old lady with asperity.Viviette
William J. Locke
"Quite unnecessary, Smithson," Gilder returned, with asperity.Within the Law
"It wasn't very polite," said Mrs. Bartlett with some asperity.In the Midst of Alarms
"You will if you wait," advised Farrell, a tinge of asperity in his tone.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
From this Claude went on to remark with asperity that Murillo painted like an ignoramus.The Fat and the Thin
- roughness or sharpness of temper
- roughness or harshness of a surface, sound, taste, etc
- a condition hard to endure; affliction
- physics the elastically compressed region of contact between two surfaces caused by the normal force
Word Origin and History for asperity
c.1200, asprete "hardship, harshness of feelings," a figurative use, from Old French asperité "difficulty, painful situation, harsh treatment" (12c., Modern French âpreté), from Latin asperitatem (nominative asperitas) "roughness," from asper "rough, harsh," of unknown origin; in Latin used also of sour wine, bad weather, and hard times. Figurative meaning "harshness of feeling" attested from early 15c.