- to make rough, harsh, or uneven: a voice asperated by violent emotion.
Origin of asperate
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Examples from the Web for asperate
But in the ordinary life there in my time there was little to "asperate" the douceur.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
- (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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