[ as-puh-reyt ]
/ ˈæs pəˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), as·per·at·ed, as·per·at·ing.

to make rough, harsh, or uneven: a voice asperated by violent emotion.

Origin of asperate

First recorded in 1650–60, asperate is from the Latin word asperātus (past participle of asperāre). See asper2, -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for asperate


asperous (ˈæspərəs)

/ (ˈæspəˌreɪt) /


(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



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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