[ uh-sper-i-tee ]
/ əˈspɛr ɪ ti /

noun, plural as·per·i·ties.

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

1200–50; late Middle English asperite (<Anglo-French ) <Latin asperitās, equivalent to asper rough + -itās-ity; replacing Middle English asprete<Anglo-French, Old French <Latin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for asperity

/ (æˈspɛrɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

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 for asperity

C16: from Latin asperitās, from asper rough
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